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Forced Removals from Kom

Updated: Jun 1, 2023


The Daniels siblings standing on the boardwalk at the Kom where they caught harders. From left to right, Louisa Layters, Johanna Williams, John Daniels and his wife Sanny Daniels
The Daniels siblings standing on the boardwalk at the Kom where they caught harders. From left to right, Louisa Layters, Johanna Williams, John Daniels and his wife Sanny Daniels

We will be rolling out several stories of Kommetjie residents who were forced to move to Ocean View between 1968 and 1972 as a result of apartheid policies. Two kilometres inland from Kommetjie, Ocean View has a minimal view of the ocean, unless you're elevated on the mountain.


The village was created in 1968 to house “coloured” people (as classified by apartheid) who had been forcibly removed from their homes in Simonstown, Noordhoek, Sunnydale, Kommetjie and other surrounding areas, which had been declared “white” according to the Group Areas Act of 1950.


The families of Jacob and Louisa Daniels, Apollis and Rosie Allen, and Pollie Brand and Johanna Francke lived in Kommetjie, and were all forced to move to Ocean View between 1968 and 1972. Many descendants of these three families live in Ocean View today.


Members of the three families agreed to meet and tell their family stories. Mrs Louisa Layters (of the Daniels family) wrote her own story “My Bitter-Sweet Memories” which she offered to share here, and which complements the story told by her brother and sister. We are deeply grateful to them all.



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