STRIP CLUB BACK WITH loud BANG
Soweto's popular strip joint, Emarenkeni, reopened to a rapturous welcome.
The striptease venue in Jabulani set tongues wagging, with moral ambassadors advocating for its closure, while lovers of adult-only entertainment wanting it to stay open.
It closed temporarily earlier this month amid the dispute.
Club owner Lindokuhle Dlamini had closed it but succumbed to pressure from those who demanded it back.
"The people have spoken," Dlamini said, telling Sowetan that he reopened the club on Thursday night due to public demand.
In the public meeting that was held, those who had voiced their disagreement with the club through the South African National Civics Organisation, citing moral reasons, gave up.
Even the police, who had been invited to the meeting, admitted they could not do anything to shut the venue down.
Long rows of vehicles that lined Miya and Mkhize streets, the corner on which the club is situated, were a clear indication that night revellers had waited long enough for their kind of pleasure.
Inside, the club was packed to capacity. The audience comprised men and women. Some male patrons brought along their partners.
In the first round, three dancers took to the stage - one at a time - and strutted their stuff to an elated crowd.
They swung up and around the pole and then down to the floor, stretching their legs wide apart, much to the approving groans of the men.
"Come this side baby," said a man enthusiastically.
"We want more," the whole house roared.
Their erotic moves lit up the faces of the patrons. They were mesmerised and kept glued to the slim figures as they did what they do best. Their dance routines included cat-like moves and acrobatic stunts.
There was touching of the dancers all round, which was accompanied by the R20 notes that flew from all directions onto the stage.
The darling of the crowd, stripper number three, was a show stopper. She pranced around like a real professional and her moves triggered loud cheers.
Women screamed at the top of their voices as men blew wolf whistles, demanding more as she left the stage.