File: In total, 3,000 families are waiting to be returned to the area.
CAPE TOWN - Former residents of Cape Town&39;s District Six say the expansion of a local university is infringing on a space they use to memorialize their loss.
Wednesday marks 49 years since the apartheid government began forced removals in the area -- on February 11, 1966 District Six was declared a "Whites-only" area.
To commemorate the removals, former residents and claimants of the land lay stones, but the area has now become a construction site.
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is building student residences there.
Some of the former residents are up in arms saying they don&39;t even know when they&39;ll be able to return to the area permanently.
* eNCA&39;s Lester Kiewit has the full story - watch his video report in the gallery above.
Former District 6 residents gather to commemorate 11 February 1966. When district 6 was declared a whites-only area. pic.twitter.com/3KyVCErLzP— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) February 11, 2015
A Love Letter to CPUT "You are on stolen land" Zainub Williams, 66 years old. District Six claimant pic.twitter.com/2CvrZWIgGP— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) February 11, 2015
District 6 evicted lay stones in D6 in the middle of a CPUT construction site pic.twitter.com/2joMOf4QLK— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) February 11, 2015
D6 evictees lay stones amid a CPUT construction site in memory of forced removals. pic.twitter.com/1FGu9S74ss— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) February 11, 2015