Restitution in District Six
Source: National Geo-spatial Information unit, DRDLR
District Six and CPUT: a carto-story by Siddique Motala
The Restitution of Land Rights Act 22 of 1994 asserts in its preamble, that it aims to: ‘provide for the restitution of rights in land to persons or communities dispossessed of such rights after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices; to establish a Commission on Restitution of Land Rights and a Land Claims Court; and to provide for matters connected therewith.’
Restitution in the context of the historic District Six presents a number of challenges as well as opportunities for all who are involved and committed to its reconstruction. It is an ambitious project which needs to take into account the psycho-social trauma of the community together with their legal rights to just and equitable restitution.
As one of the stakeholders in this process, the Museum has had to confront a number of concrete realities associated with the return. It has had to immerse itself in exploring the relationship between landscapes and
Stringent population control measures which were legally enforced contributed substantially to the range of human rights violations in pre-1994 South Africa. Thousands lost their homes in District Six and other areas across the country as a result, many of whom have not since found a place to call ‘home’ in the full sense of the word.
The Land Restitution Act 22 of 1994 has formed part of the post-Apartheid government’s strategy to acknowledge and make amends in some measure for the losses and exclusions endured under Apartheid. In the case of District
The attainment of housing justice for all South Africans is a key area of state concern, and the processes flowing from the provisions of the Land Restitution Act form part of an array of government interventions. Many other areas from which people were forcibly removed – Protea Village, Harfield, Constantia, Sophiatown, to name but a few – have been irreversibly changed and developed, rendering the possibility of
The Record of Understanding signed by the District Six Beneficiary and Redevelopment Trust, the City of Cape Town and the Regional Land Claims Commission in November 1998 acknowledges the former multicultural character of the area. It resolves ‘To provide restitution for those forcibly removed from District Six through an integrated redevelopment which will result in a vibrant multicultural community whose dignity has been restored in a developmental environment, grounded in, and meeting the social and economic needs of the claimants and broader community that will contribute towards the building of a new nation’.
Given the availability of land in District
For more information about the restitution process in District Six, visit the websites of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform at www.ruraldevelopment.gov.za and the District Six Beneficiary and Redevelopment Trust at www.districtsix.za.org
(Note: The Land Restitution Act 22 of 1994 has been amended by:
i. The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act 48 of 2003;
ii. The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2014; and
iii. The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill of 2017)
Donor: Neville de Bruin
Donor: Paul Grendon
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