Women beaten at club

2014-05-30 00:00

A GIRLS’ night-out birthday celebration last weekend turned sour for a group of professional women after it’s alleged they were assaulted at the exclusive Cubana Lounge.

Lindelwa Mchunu (24) said she watched in horror as two of her friends were assaulted just outside Cubana “without the bouncers even blinking an eye”.

“A bottle was thrown at my other friend which hit her on the back and she had to be stitched up,” said Mchu­nu. Another friend was kicked after she was knocked to the floor.

She said Cubana is supposed to be one of the safest entertainment hang-outs in the city and what happened last weekend was shocking. “I don’t know if I will ever be able to go back to that place again because we fear for our safety,” she said.

Snenhlanhla Mkhize, her friend, said: “It all started when we wanted to all leave together, but one of my friends was busy talking to a guy who wouldn’t let her leave.

“He seemed to get annoyed by me insisting that we wanted to go and we had a heated argument which resulted in him hitting me across my head,” she said.

Mkhize said she stumbled due to the force of the slap and was left in shock. “My friends got angry with what they had witnessed.”

She said the club’s bouncers turned a blind eye. “Lindelwa called the police and the ambulance since our friend lay in a pool of blood.”

Thulani Ndhlovu of Cubana said that, in the 11 months since they started operating in the city, this was their first incident. “We are also strongly against the abuse of women because they are defenceless.”

Ndhlovu said when the incident took place he was outside having a cigarette.

“When I saw a female being beaten on the ground, I rushed to help so it is not true that I did not help.”

He said it was also not true that it happened inside Cubana because it occurred two shops away from the franchise.

“I am willing to meet with the girls to investigate the matter further and go through the CCTV footage with them to identify the culprits, who I believe are not regular customers,” said Ndhlovu.

He said he had three extra bouncers — including a woman — on at weekends to ensure the safety of revellers, so the security is tight. “Our bouncers had warned these women to stay away from these guys.”

Ndhlovu said their policy was that they guarded those who were inside Cubana and that if patrons had left the premises, then they were on their own.

Police provincial spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police were investigating a case of assault and no arrests had been made.

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