2012-07-20 00:00

AN upcountry holidaymaker has complained about hooliganism and pub brawls outside a night spot, dubbed notorious, in Toti.

Maritha Gouws told the Fever of her shocking experience while on holiday at L’Escalier Cabanas recently. She and her family had witnessed horrific pub fights on two consecutive nights leaving her and her grandchildren traumatised.

“We spent the entire day on the beach, returning exhausted to our flat and all we wanted was a good night’s rest. At 11 pm there was shouting and screaming outside.”

Gouws said she saw a group of men fighting, swearing and shouting at each other in the street on the other side of the car park. She said they left about 40 minutes later, but not without a commotion.

“They revved their cars and pulled away with screeching tyres.” Gouws finally thought she could get back into bed and get the much-need sleep she needed, only to be awoken an hour later by the sounds of gun shots and shouting,

“I think it was the same people, it could have been others, but it was at the the same spot.

“It carried on like this until 4 am,” said Gouws.

Speaking to people in the neighbourhood the following day Gouws established that this was a regular occurence. “They said we must just get used to it and that the following night was going to be the same. And it was. We could not get away soon enough and I am never going to stay at that end of Beach Road again, if I come back to Toti at all,” she said.

Sweetwaters residents confirmed Gouws’s story.

They said the people who continually­ misbehave are patrons of the Olmeca Club, situated in the building next to Sweetwaters.

Sweetwaters residents say the other clubs and pubs in the area close at midnight and then patrons who still want to party gather at Olmeca.

Unconfirmed reports are that the club has a liquor licence that allows it to remain open until 4 am.

Fights often break out inside the club and the culprits are asked by management to go outside to finish their “business” or they just go out into the street and continue fighting.

“When we phone the SAPS they turn up, go into the club, come out again and drive off — nothing changes,” says a spokesperson for the Sweetwaters Body Corporate, May Pothill.

The Fever reporter was shown many photos that were taken over the past five years of people fighting in the street, lying passed out in the street and on the sidewalk, people smoking weed, males writing on the walls while urinating in public, ambulances treating people and often transporting them to hospital for treatment.

There is apparently a three-minute video on YouTube of people discussing a street fight in Beach Road in front of the Olmeca Club (the Fever has not been able to locate the video).

Pothill says there are 311 units in Sweetwaters accommodating about 1 000 people and many children under the age of 12 who live there permanently.

She said over the years they have complained to the owners of Olmeca of the situation.

“We took it further. We went to the police, the liquor board, everyone we could think off who could help us to control the situation on Beach Road. We have had no success so far,” she says.

The Olmeca Club was approached for comment. A person who only revealed himself as Fernando said they cannot be held responsible for what people do in Beach Road. Then a man who identified himself as Louis Douglas said that the Fever reporter should speak to the club’s lawyers.

Comment from the SAPS was unavailable at time of going to press.

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