n Cabo - History that hurts - a look at how the Forced Removals affected two schools in Wynberg

Volume 2018 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


One of the most cruel and nonsensical laws of the Apartheid system has to have been the Group Areas Act of 1950. It dislocated communities, robbed people of their homes, split up families and caused untold anger and hurt. There is a widely held perception that the Forced Removals only happened in District Six, because nowhere was the Act enforced with such brutality as it was here and, as a result, it has had the greatest attention showered on it. But in Cape Town the Forced Removals happened almost everywhere and in the southern suburbs nearly always along the Main Rd or the railway line. What many people are unaware of is that the Forced Removals also affected schools – many of which were either forced to relocate or to close. In Wynberg, where I work at the Education Museum based at the Centre for Conservation Education, two schools were evicted: one “coloured” and one “white”’.

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