District Six Working Committee chairperson Shahied Ajam said: “The minister was unable to confirm a date as to when the applicants in the matter could expect restitution. As a result, the applicants still have no idea as to when they will receive their homes in District Six.”
He said the order to compel the minister to come to court represented an acknowledgement of the injustice suffered by the claimants as a result of having to wait 20 years for restitution to be effected and therefore the need to resolve this matter expeditiously.
“At the conclusion of Friday's high court proceedings we were left with no doubt in our minds that the court will indeed find the minister guilty of contempt of court for not delivering the plan as previously ordered, and furthermore that a declaratory order would accompany the ruling,” Ajam said.
On Friday, the minister reiterated that her department alone could not bear the cost of redevelopment.