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D6 claimants demand end to development

Author: Siyabonga Kalipa

Cape Town – Seventy-four-year-old Amien Jannicke was one of the more than 200 District Six land claimants who marched to the offices of mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday, demanding an end to development in the place they once called home.
The group, which comprised old and young people, sang while marching as they prepared to hand over a memorandum of grievances to De Lille.

Jannicke, who now lives in Mitchells Plain, said the treatment he received when he and his family were removed in 1980 was brutal. “We were evicted like animals and as a result I have become poorer since leaving District Six. I had to worry about travelling expenses for the whole of my family which was not the case before.

“I had to buy new furniture because the ones I owned wouldn’t fit in the new house.”
”My mother became paralysed when she heard we were being moved, and she didn’t want to be moved. She died in District Six.”

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