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Forced Removals to be remembered

by Staff Reporter
06 Feb 2007

On Sunday, 11 February 2007 the District Six Museum will commemorate the 41st year since the issuing of the 1966 proclamation that declared District Six a white group area.

Between 1966 and 1980 more than 60 000 people were forcibly removed from their homes and moved into Athlone and other areas of the Cape Flats. Over the years, a number of ex-residents and others who witnessed the razing of District Six, have marked 11 February with processions and rituals including the laying down of stones at the site of the Seven Steps in Hanover Street. The day represents the determination of community members to remember and honour those who were forcibly removed, and the Hanover Street site is one which provides many with a sense of connection to the place and the people associated with it.

This year we wish to invite the public to continue this tradition by laying down stones in remembrance of those District Sixers, as well as in recognition of the milestones achieved in the land restitution process - particularly the return of the next 100 claimants. In laying down these stones gathered from various areas as well as from the vacant land surrounding the old Hanover Street, we wish to remember District Six, and acknowledge other sites of forced removal and forced settlement in Cape Town and South Africa.

This will take place on Sunday 11 February from 15h00 to 16h00. Members of the public are invited to gather slightly to the area left of the Seven Steps site (when facing the mountain), and to bring along stones from their own areas of residence as symbols of the connectivity of many areas to District Six. The gathering place will be well marked on Keizergracht where parking will be available. Alternatively, there is also parking through the traffic boom leading to the Moravian Chapel, off Keizergracht.

For more information please call Wilma at the Museum at (021) 466 7200

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