Khoisan activists evicted for occupying a block of flats illegally in District Six erected a “matjieshuis” in the area on Sunday as a tribute to their aboriginal ancestors.

Tania Kleinhans, co-founder of the Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigine of South Africa (Irasa), one of the occupiers who had to vacate the flats meant for District Six land claimants, said the matjieshuis paid homage to their aboriginal roots.

It is a traditional Khoi dwelling. The houses were made of reed mats laid over a dome-shaped frame.

Nontando Mposo and Zodidi Dano for Independent.


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