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Residents return to District Six

Some of those who were forcibly removed from District Six are overjoyed as they return to the area.

Some of those who were forcibly removed from District Six are overjoyed as they return to the area. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - District Six claimants received keys to their new homes in Cape Town on Saturday.

However, there were mixed emotions at the handover of houses as some beneficiaries wanted to know if they would ever receive their homes.

At least 60 houses were handed over to former residents who were forcibly removed by the apartheid government under the Group Areas Act in the 1960s.

Some District Six residents said while they were happy some people received keys to their homes, they wanted to know when it would be their turn.

One claimant, Nazir Chafiker, who was a guest at the event, said both his parents passed on without getting what was rightfully theirs.

But Rachmat Jardine, who did get the keys to her new home, said her husband's dying wish was fulfilled.

She said while she was sad her partner of 54 years had passed on, his memory would live on in their new home.

In June, a group, which claimed to be the descendants of the Khoisan, invaded the flats saying they were entitled to settle on the land.

The Western Cape High Court ruled against the group giving a go ahead for their eviction.

Former District Six residents were forcibly removed by the apartheid government between 1969 and 1980.