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JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile says when communities have identified a piece of land, they must come up with proposals on how it can be developed, instead of occupying it illegally.

Mashatile met with communities of Naturena, Freedom Park and Slovo Park, in the south of Johannesburg on Sunday about their housing demands and other service delivery concerns.

This comes after some communities on the south of Johannesburg engaged in violent protests recently to demand land.

Mashatile's spokesperson Keith Khoza says the engagements are necessary as not every piece of land is suitable for human settlement.

In certain communities there are pieces of land that could be used for recreational purposes such as churches, shopping centres, community halls and so on. Those are pieces of land where you can't do major developments. The MEC's view is that we'd rather be guided by communities about what they need. The idea is to ensure that whatever development that happens must not be imposed on the community. It must be in consultation with the community.


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