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District Six fails to rise from the ashes of apartheid

The open site in the early stages of construction for the District Six phase three new apartments and housing complex. (David Harrison, M&G)

19 February 2016

More than 50 years since the heart was ripped out of this vibrant Cape Town community, little has been done to restore the area.


By Ilham Rawoot

The open site in the early stages of construction for the District Six phase three new apartments and housing complex. (David Harrison, M&G)

The open site in the early stages of construction for the District Six phase three new apartments and housing complex. (David Harrison, M&G)

The legend of District Six is not just the land standing empty on the foothills of Table Mountain, violently separating the wealthy white population of the city from the poorer people of colour. It is the children growing up in the ghettos of the Cape Flats, the thousands of elderly people struggling through bureaucratic administrative processes to get a home in the suburb they were forcefully evicted from, and a complicated spiderweb of power – private and public entities, none of whom appear to want to take responsibility for the mess that muddies the restitution of the once vibrant inner-city district.

Read the full article from Mail&Guardian.

 

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