Damafalls residents in Norton have heaved a sigh of relief following the arrest of their land developer, Luckson Rice, who had threatened to evict them after swindling them of money.
The more than 100 familiess were told to vacate their stands by the developer following disagreements over money.
Facing eviction the residents engaged the assistance of Norton legislator Temba Mliswa which led to the arrest of Rice.
Prior to the land dispute, the homesekers were once farm workers at Mashlands farm, before the farm owner sold it to Damafalls developers.
Rice owned 20 000 square metres of land which he then sold to some residents who had formed a cooperative.
He however failed to develop the area and has been bickering with the residents over payments leading to eviction threats.
However the intervention of Norton legislator Temba Mliswa and pressure from home seekers has since resulted in his arrest on fraud charges.
He is yet to plead to the charges in court.
Contacts for comment Mliswa said that, “everyone has the right to shelter and I couldn’t stand to see more than 100 people being homeless.”
“I will fight this issue of land barons in Norton and I will not rest.”
Ward 6 chairperson Brighton Rukambe was euphoric over the outcome.
“I want to thank our MP for shunning corruption which was happening in our community and also for standing up for the elderly who cannot write or speak.”
Councilor for Ward six Precious Mufahore weighed in saying the outcome was great for the home seekers of Damofalls many of whom had put in so much money.