Chairperson of the District Six advocacy group Tania Kleinhans-Cedras said the judgment was not a victory. “This can never be a victory because this leaves the question about what happens to the redevelopment of District Six.”
Kleinhans-Cedras said the court failed to give the residents a sense of direction of what could take place.
Acting Land Claims Court Judge President Yasmin Meer ruled that the department had failed to comply with a court order to draft a plan to redevelop District Six. He also ruled that the department, currently headed by new minister Thoko Didiza, was found to have failed to comply with the order.
District Six Working Committee chairperson Shahied Ajam, who took on the department, said that the judgment was a “catalyst” for change in the country. He pleaded for the District Six groupings to join the committee or risk being left out in the cold.