11 February 2013
of February is a commemoration of the 1966 forced removals and home demolition
in District Six.
District Six was
declared a White group area, leading to the resident families to be relocated
to places including Bonteheuwel, Khayelitsha, Langa and Mitchell’s plain.
The District Six Museum today hosted a
remembrance walk from the Museum to the cairn where stones are placed in Hanover Street in remembrance of the former resident’s homes.
Director District Six Museum, Bonita Bennett
said “District Six was one of many sites force removal in South Africa; we do not
forget the people of Jacob’s Fleur, Simon’s Town, Constantia and places all
over the Western Cape.
Bennett said that Sophiatown was declared a
white group area on the 12th of February 1955, which share a close date with District Six.
One of the resident
said, “this racism government destroyed us, our culture, we were blacks living
next to one another Muslims, Christians, Jews; your mother was my mother, your
father was my father.”
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