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District Six, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with small initials.
Origin:
The name of the sixth of six municipal districts into which Cape Town was divided in 1867.
Used allusively, symbolizing any urban area from which the inhabitants are forcibly removed as a result of the area being declared ‘white’ in terms of the Group Areas Act.
Note:
Occupied mainly by ‘coloured’ people, District Six was cleared of its inhabitants between 1968 and 1982.
1971 Evening Post 25 Sept. 1She also shouted: ‘You call yourself a South African. You will turn this place into a district six. One day there will be another Blood River here.’
1990 Weekly Mail 27 July 6The country is littered with District Sixes, less visible but equally painful for those who were forcibly moved.
Used allusively, symbolizing any urban area from which the inhabitants are forcibly removed as a result of the area being declared ‘white’ in terms of the Group Areas Act.
Derivatives:
Hence District Sixer noun phrase, an inhabitant of District Six; Sixer.
1972 Drum 1 Jan. 20Hardened District Sixers, to whom gang wars are common-place, still shudder at the vicious violence that spilled blood across the street.

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