10 Facts about District 6

Wednesday, September 21st 2016. | History

Check the interesting information about the former inner-city located in Cape Town, South Africa on Facts about District 6. Due to the apartheid regime in 1970s, 60,000 of residents were relocated from District 6 forcibly. Today, District 6 is a part of Lower Vrede and Walmer Estate, Zonnebloem. The remaining area of District 6 is still undeveloped. Here are some useful facts about District 6 to notice:

Facts about District 6 1: the official name in 1867

In 1867, the official name selected for the area was the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town.

Facts about District 6 2: the boundary

To the west of District 6, you can spot Tennant Road. To the north, you can spot Sir Lowry Road. The east side of District 6 is occupied by Cambridge Street, while the south area is De Waal Drive.

district 6 facts

district 6 facts

Facts about District 6 3: the community of District 6

District 6 was occupied by artisans, former slaves, Malay people, merchants and immigrants. During the administration of Cape Colony, the Dutch East India Company brought many Malay people.

Facts about District 6 4: the number of residents

There were around 1,700 to 1,900 families who lived in District 6. It occupied around one tenth of the population in Cape Town.

facts about district 6

facts about district 6

Facts about District 6 5: a cosmopolitan area

District 6 was known as a cosmopolitan area during the early introduction of apartheid era in South Africa. It was after the Second World War.

Facts about District 6: the ethnicity

There were many colored people who lived in District 6. Most of them were the Cape Malays who embraced Islam. Others included the Indians, whites, Afrikaans and Black Xhosa inhabitants. Check facts about countries in Africa here.  

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district 6 picture

Facts about District 6 7: the removals

The residents of District 6 were removed by the governments because of four primary reasons.

Facts about District 6 8: the reasons of removals

Since District 6 was inhabited by different types of ethnicities, the government officials believed that it was important to separate the races due to the interracial conflicts in District 6. They did not want to rehabilitate District 6 for the areas were deemed as a slum. Thus, it was fitted for the area to be cleared from any people.  Look at facts about child labor in Africa here.

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district 6 pic

Facts about District 6 9: the immoral activities

Another reason was related to the immoral activities cited by the officials who occurred in District 6 such as prostitution, drinking and gambling. It was considered as a dangerous and crime hidden area. However, most inhabitants believed that the removal of the area was due to the strategic location of District 6 to the harbor, Table Mountain and city center. Therefore, the officials sought after the land.

Facts about District 6 10: the white only area

District 6 was declared as a white only area by the government on 11th February 1966.

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district 6 images

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