Strip club to appeal court ruling

2012-02-28 09:15
Cape Town - Strip club Mavericks has applied for leave to appeal a court decision to withdraw its corporate permits allowing foreign dancers into the country, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that owner Shane Harrison was seeking an interdict to stop the home affairs department from deporting some of his foreign strippers.

His application follows a Western Cape High Court ruling a few weeks ago dismissing Harrison's urgent application against the department.

Judge Siraj Desai dismissed the first application with costs and referred the matter to the Human Rights Commission of SA to investigate whether Mavericks' dancers' human rights were being infringed.

He said the fact that Harrison demanded large amounts of money every week possibly placed him in contravention of the international protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons.

The club is challenging the constitutionality of the department's decision to revoke its permits, and the immigration regulations on which the decision was based.

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