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By unknown | May 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Nawhal Kara

Nawhal Kara

Residents of Newlands, Johannesburg, are at their wits' end over the violence they say takes place at a tavern in Charles Street over weekends.

Thursday to Sunday nights are unruly periods, the residents say.

"My family gets no rest because of the loud music, fights, bottles breaking and gunshots. Someone was shot at the tavern on Saturday night," said a resident.

"This comes barely a month after another patron was stabbed to death.

"On the night of the stabbing I was woken up by shouts. When I got to the tavern there was a man lying on the floor. He had been stabbed to death.

"The man who owns the shebeen does not live here, so he does not care,"

The resident said the community had often laid complaints at Sophiatown police station but to no avail.

The owner of the tavern, Romeo Kennedy, however denied the allegations.

"I don't know of anyone getting stabbed at my place, unless he was fighting on the street and ran into the shebeen for protection," Kennedy said.

"I have three security guards on duty during the weekends to maintain order and to escort drunk patrons. I am allowed to play my music until 2am. However, I usually turn it down around 11pm."

Captain Francewell Langeveldt of the Sophiatown police also denied knowledge of any violence.

He urged residents to gather evidence of their allegations so that the police could take action.


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