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Other govt depts, private sector must help fund D6 development, court told

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday, to give answers on government’s progress on the restitution for hundreds of District Six land claimants.

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane appears in the Western Cape High Court on 17 May 2019. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said other spheres of government, including the Presidency, would need to help fund a redevelopment plan for District Six.

The minister appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday, to give answers on government’s progress on the restitution for hundreds of District Six land claimants.

In November, the court had ordered government to come up with a comprehensive plan, but the state failed to comply.

Nkoana-Mashabane told the court her department did not have enough money to finance the redevelopment of District Six based on its current plan.

She said it could cost R11 billion of which the department can only afford a contribution of R351 million. The minister said she made contact with the president to ask for help.

Nkoana-Mashabane further stated that the private sector should also come to the party.

She told the court her previous legal counsel shouldn’t have agreed to the November order, as three months was not enough time to come up with a proper plan.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)