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Cape Town club owner denies drug claims

2012-06-18 09:47

Cape Town - The owner of a nightclub that was petrol-bombed in Observatory, Cape Town, says he has no idea why his club was targeted, it was reported on Monday.

Reon Heckrath told the Cape Times that his club, Barmooda, had always been the subject of malicious rumours about drugs and gangsterism, and these had worsened since the bombing on Friday.

"I could never have been a gangster. I went to school, went to work in a bank, then opened Barmooda. I don't have time to be a gangster... I am the victim here and no one cares."

According to police, two men entered the club early on Friday and tied up the hands of four cleaners. They were robbed of cellphones and personal belongings.

The men then threw petrol bombs into the club, burning it down.
No arrests had been made.

A suspected Junior Mafia gang member, Raqeeb Oaker, was shot and wounded while delivering a television to the club in January 2008, the newspaper reported.

Captain Frederick Van Wyk said all allegations, including gangsterism, would be investigated.