- City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called on those who illegally grab land to be patient
- The mayor said the city would address their concerns through a formal process
- Mashaba said he had increased the city’s budget to service stands from R60 million to R100 million
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called on those who are illegally grabbing land to be patient and to work with the city. Mashaba said the city would address their concerns through a formal process.
Mashaba was responding to land invasions in Protea Glen in Soweto. A group of about a hundred people arrived in the area recently to claim plots of land.
On Tuesday, Mashaba revealed that he had increased the city’s budget to service plots of land from R60 million to R100 million for the next financial year.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mashaba urged residents to be patient and bear with the city.
Mashaba said: "I'm appealing to them to work with government. The City of Johannesburg is committed to ensuring that our people can live in a dignified environment."
Mashaba said the illegal land invasion was a reflection of the national government’s failure to provide decent housing for residents, he added that the matter had now been moved to the top of his agenda.
The mayor said he was committed to providing more than just shelter and wanted to ensure the housing he provided had access to sanitation, electricity and water and other infrastructure.
Those who invaded the land in Protea Glen begged Mashaba to give them vacant land on which they could build their own structures. One resident said all he wanted was a piece of land, he would build his own home.
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