Walk of Remembrance

St Cecilias Christmas Band, which is originally from District Six, led the walk from the District Six homecoming Centre.

More than 100 people, mostly former residents of District Six, braved the heat to take part in the annual Walk of Remembrance on Sunday February 11. The walk is held to commemorate the day in 1966 when the apartheid government proclaimed District Six a whites-only area, which led to its 60 000 residents being forcefully moved to the Cape Flats and their homes flattened by bulldozers. The group walked up Keizersgracht Street into the CPUT residence, where they placed stones at the cairn in Hanover Street and tied messages of hope to the nearby fence. The walk was led by judge Siraj Desai, who called for a more speedy process to have District Six declared a heritage area.