Alarm at third SB Tavern murder

2011-11-29 00:00

WORRIED residents will be holding a community meeting today to discuss the ongoing violence at the SB Tavern in Gcilima, outside Margate.

This comes after the fatal stabbing of Nkosibonile Msabala (22) in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two other patrons have reportedly been killed at the notorious establishment.

Sergeant Phumzile Makaula said, “The community members called police to have a meeting with them following the murder.”

He said “many cases of assault” at SB Tavern have been reported.

“The community members are worried about the ongoing violence and want to meet the police to see what can be done.”

Makaula said the murders are a growing concern for the police.

“We would like to assist the community as best we can to ensure that we do not have a repeat of this and the unnecessary loss of life again.”

Induna Alson Jula of Gcilima said community members are tired of the violence. “This is the third murder and ongoing fights there. We want to meet the community to discuss the behaviour of the members and confront the situation.”

He said they will ask the police to do regular patrols in the area. “We want the police to monitor the situation at the tavern. If there is anything happening there they can control the situation and deal with it before it gets worse.”

The publican of SB Tavern did not want to be named. He said, “I was not here when the incident happened. This is the first murder that has happened since I am here.”

He denied there have been other incidents of violence.

“I am very shocked because I am running a business here, not a place for people to come and fight. I have security here and in future if they start fights here I will have the person thrown out.”

Sayitsheni Lushaba appeared in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with the murder. The case was adjourned until next week.

Lushaba was arrested when an off-duty policeman found him in a scuffle with Msabala’s brother.

“The off-duty policeman heard a commotion between the accused and the victim’s brother. There were other community members there who wanted to assault the accused,” Makaula said.

The policeman took the accused into his custody to prevent the crowd from attacking him. “[He] contacted SA Police Service and the man was arrested and taken into custody.”

Lushaba and Msabala had allegedly been drinking at the tavern earlier. They reportedly started fighting and Lushaba allegedly stabbed Msabala in the chest.

“He suffered a deep stab wound to the chest and was pronounced dead on arrival at the local clinic,” Makaula said.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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