Shebeen’s shady servings

2015-06-16 06:00
Boy’s Inn situated along Strandfontein Road has caused propblems for residents in the surrounds saying the shebeen trades on Sundays causing social ills to escalate.

PHOTO: 
Chevon Booysen

Boy’s Inn situated along Strandfontein Road has caused propblems for residents in the surrounds saying the shebeen trades on Sundays causing social ills to escalate. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Lotus River residents are asking for a full investigation into the operation of a local shebeen.

Concern about the shebeen was clear at a public community police forum (CPF) meeting at Grassy Park civic centre on Tuesday last week where the topic came up from a previous meeting.

Boy’s Inn in Old Strandfontein Road, owned by Clarence Williams, applied for extended trading hours and to be able to sell liquor to take away on Sundays.

According to CPF chairperson Fuad Titus a complaint about the shebeen was received two weeks ago. “This resident had a complaint with regard to the trading hours of the Boy’s Inn establishment. This was also previously dealt with but it seems residents are obviously still experiencing problems in this regard,” Titus said.

According to a law enforcement officer who serves the liquor unit and who was present at the meeting, frequent operations are being done at the establishment.

“We have had to issue fines and warnings at the address before but it seems the moment we leave the owner opens up shop again. It’s not supposed to be this way but that is the only way we can ensure compliance from the owner,” the officer said.

He added that they imposed strict fines when it is found that an establishment is operating outside of its permitted hours.

“We go according to the City’s bylaw which states that ‘koop en loop’ establishments are permitted to operate from 09:00 to 18:00 from a Monday to a Saturday with no Sunday trading. We can only impose fines of up to R4000 if these are being transgressed.”

Ward councillor Leslie Isaacs confirmed at the meeting the owner made an application last year (People’s Post, “No more tipple time”, 4 November 2014). Williams put in an application to the subcouncil for extended trading hours. Williams cited the fact that he is the bread winner as the reason for the application.

“The application was denied at the Rondevlei subcouncil. I have no idea why the owner is trading on Sundays,” Isaacs said.

One resident, who requested to remain anonymous, lives near the establishment and said she saw how business went on after the stipulated times.

“People come here on a Sunday and the owner opens the gates for them. It’s a nuisance and Sundays are supposed to be holy days but he is feeding their habits to be drunks on a Sunday,” she said.

Ward councillor Melanie Arendse also added that she saw a problem with the system if Williams was continuing to operate illegally.

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