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Your reader barcode: Your last name:. Cite this Email this Add to favourites Print this page. You must be logged in to Tag Records. In the Library Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. Details Collect From Situated within sight of the docks , it was made up largely of coloured residents which included a substantial number of coloured Muslims, called Cape Malays.
There were also a number of black Xhosa residents and a smaller numbers of Afrikaners, English-speaking whites, and Indians. Government officials gave four primary reasons for the removals.
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In accordance with apartheid philosophy, it stated that interracial interaction bred conflict, necessitating the separation of the races. They deemed District Six a slum, fit only for clearance, not rehabilitation. They also portrayed the area as crime-ridden and dangerous; they claimed that the district was a vice den, full of immoral activities like gambling, drinking, and prostitution.
Though these were the official reasons, most residents believed that the government sought the land because of its proximity to the city centre, Table Mountain, and the harbour.
On 2 October a departmental committee set up by the Minister of Community Development met to investigate the possible replanning and development of District Six and adjoining parts of Woodstock and Salt River. On 12 of June , all property transactions in District Six were frozen. A year ban was imposed on the erection or alteration of any building. On 11 February , the government declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act , with removals starting in About 30, people living in the specific group area were affected.
Morris, put the total population of the affected area at 33,, 31, of them coloured. There were 8 workers in District Six, of whom 90 percent were employed in and immediately around the Central Business District.
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At the time of proclamation there were 3, properties, 56 percent owned by whites, 26 per cent owned by coloured people and 18 percent by Indians. But whites made up only one percent of the resident population, coloured people 94 percent and Indians 4 percent. By , more than 60, people had been relocated to the sandy, bleak Cape Flats township complex roughly 25 kilometres away. The old houses were bulldozed. The only buildings left standing were places of worship. International and local pressure made redevelopment difficult for the government, however.
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Apart from this and some police housing units, the area was left undeveloped. Since the fall of apartheid in , the South African government has recognised the older claims of former residents to the area, and pledged to support rebuilding. The District Six area is situated in the city bowl of Cape Town. In other parts of Walmer Estate, like Worcester Road and Chester Road, people were evicted, but only a few houses were destroyed.
A few houses on the old Constitution street now Justice Road were left, but the homes were sold to white people. This was the case with Bloemhof flats renamed Skyways. Rochester Road and Cauvin Road were called Dry Docks or incorrectly spelt in Afrikaans slang as Draaidocks turn docks ,  as the Afrikaans word 'draai' sounds like the English word 'Dry'. It was called Dry Docks, as the sea level covered District Six in the s.
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By , work had started on the first new buildings: 24 houses that would belong to residents over 80 years of age. On 11 February , exactly 38 years after the area was rezoned by the government, former president Nelson Mandela handed the keys to the first returning residents, Ebrahim Murat 87 and Dan Ndzabela About 1, families were scheduled to return over the next three years.
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