Norton residents have staged a peaceful demonstration against Norton Town Council accusing the local authority of mal-administration and corruption.

The residents accused Norton Town Council of poor corporate governance and were bitter over the alleged corrupt awarding of vast tracts of land to private land developers who have failed to put up requisite infrastructure on the land as per urban planning regulations.

They also accused the local authority of failure to provide basic service deliveries such as water.

The protesting residence marched to the council offices were they were addressed by their leadership before handing over a petition to the Permanent Secretary of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Engineer George Mlilo.

The developers are said to be owing council over US$5 million yet no efforts are being made to recover the money which they believe could significantly change council fortunes.

Norton national assembly member, Mr Themba Mliswa queried how the contentious Kingsdale residential area which was supposedly acquired by government ended up in the hands of private developers.

Engineer Mlilo who witnessed the demonstration said the concerns of the protesters will be looked into by officials from the ministry before appropriate action is taken.

In recent weeks there has been numerous media reports on the ownership status of a number of residential areas in Norton chief among them Galloway and Kingsdale.