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By Michael Sakuneka | Oct 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

DISGRUNTLED residents of Lenyenye township outside Tzaneen have appealed to President Jacob Zuma to intervene and help them shut down a local tavern that is giving them sleepless nights and making their life a misery..

The popular but controversial tavern is known as Mzansi.

It allegedly produces such an "unbearable" noise at night that residents living next to it find it difficult to sleep in peace.

Last week concerned residents accused the police of failing to enforce laws and closing the venue, which they alleged was a source of crime.

They said since their concern was highlighted in Sowetan last week the police had been at the tavern. But they had only searched innocent people who were at the place during the day and ignored trouble-makers at night.

According to a concerned resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, the police confronted innocent people instead of dealing with the visible situation at the tavern.

An angry parent said: "I recently found my child sucking a used condom that had been thrown into the driveway to my house."

He alleged that some of the drunken women from the tavern simply undressed and urinated in front of people's houses.

"If we complain we are subjected to verbal abuse," he said.

Residents further explained that Zuma was their last hope because all efforts to take the matter up with the authorities at local and provincial governments had borne no positive results.

This after 24 families living around the tavern had allegedly submitted a petition to various stakeholders, including the Gambling Board and the Safety and Security Department, in 2006 to complain about the unbearable situation.

Tavern owner Paul Lebepe refused to speak to Sowetan and hung up the phone.


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