Norton Council Demolish Illegal Structures
The ongoing demolitions of illegal structures (tuckshops, churches, and market stalls) came as a shock to Norton residents who thought they would be spared, after the High Court judgement by Justice Munangati-Manongwa ordered that demolitions in Chitungwiza and Epworth be stopped terming them unlawful.
Norton residents woke up to a new reality as tuckshops at Katanga township were demolished and illegal church structures were taken down. Vendors operating from Maridale and Kingsdale responded to the notice from the council by demolishing their own structures as a way to preserve their materials. By end of day on 01 May 2020, the few tuckshops that had been left were bulldozed the following day
Below is an extract of the letter with a 24-hour notice which sent out by the council to those with illegal structures informing them of the impending demolition.
“This note serves to inform you that all temporary structures (Church structures, tuck shops, etc.) in Norton are going to be demolished starting tomorrow Friday 1 May 2020. We are just coming from a meeting with the Town Secretary on this matter. This is the directive beyond his control. We are advising you, Pastors, to start removing all your valuable goods at all your temporary Church structures from now before the exercise starts tomorrow. Demolitions will start at 6:00 am. Please take this notice as a matter of urgency.”