As 2022 begins, District Six claimants are still unsure when they will be able to return to their home. The latest delay is in the issuing occupancy certificates. This means that claimants are unable to move into their new units.
The City of Cape Town has stated that occupancy certificates cannot yet be issued to housing units for Phase 3 of District Six’s redevelopment. This is due to safety concerns.
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development built 108 housing units within District Six to allow claimants to return to the areas from which they were removed pursuant the Group Areas Act. Judge Jody Kollapen issued a structural interdict to the District Six Working Committee in November 2018. This required the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to prepare a plan and programme, with specific timelines and outlines, for the costs and layouts of District Six’s redevelopment. The court required that the department submit a progress report every three months.
In its most recent submission to the court at December’s end, the department stated that occupancy certificates would be issued by …