“When you see that something illegal is happening in your community or neighbourhood, please report that to the police or to the street committee,” September said.
According to the human settlements department, September made the comments during a housing summit in Clanwilliam in the Western Cape.
The purpose of the summit was to give feedback on the progress made by government in housing delivery and to look at the challenges experienced over the last 20 years of democracy.
September said community members were also encouraged to actively participate in government housing processes to ensure they were beneficial and deserving.
The community should also have faith in government, as there were plans to deal with the country’s housing problems.
Although 3.6 million houses had been built the last 20 years, government was aware of the housing backlog.
September said government wanted to build non-racial communities for all types of people to live together.
“We have a plan to do away with racial segregation by changing the way houses are been built.”
She also encouraged people to participate in housing projects such as the People’s Housing Process, where communities came together to build their own homes through financial assistance and expertise provided by government.
“We are moving South Africa forward by making money available to build houses in the country. We are urging our communities to become active participants so that they can be empowered to make a meaningful contribution,” she said.