The Kensington Factreton Residents and Ratepayers Association (KFRRA) has no objection to residents of Du Noon being relocated to Transnet land in Kensington, as long as the needs of the people already living in the area are met. This was according to KFRRA chairperson Dawood Essack on Wednesday after concerned residents marched to the Civic Centre to hand over a memorandum to the Mayor Patricia de Lille.
Essack said the needs of backyard dwellers who had been living in the area and been on housing waiting lists for the past two decades must be met before the City relocates persons living in other areas. He said backyard dwellers in Kensington should be a priority for land in the area, as they have been living there for years.
“There are plenty of vacant pieces of land that both Transnet and the City own that can be used for this purpose, why bring poverty upon poverty, because that is what they will be doing. I believe this is a game they are playing, putting the poor up against the poor.”
He said the matter is in no way racial, the KFRRA feels that residents who have lived in Kensington for a long period of time should have the first pick to land there when it becomes available.
“In the 1960s black South Africans were forcibly removed out of Kensington, and in 2013 we made a principled decision to say if land were to become available in Kensington then consideration should be given to those people who had been previously displaced, giving them the opportunity to come back. But that land needs to become available, this has nothing to do with race, it has to do with the rights of the people in our area.”
The City of Cape Town has yet to respond to the protestors demands. VOC