Police and court pull the plug on big bash at car wash hang-out

2012-12-17 00:00

CAR wash owner Power Tshabalala is spitting mad.

His famous Mahungra car wash, which becomes a hot party spot at night, was closed down by the Free State High Court on Saturday night after provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khehla Sitola brought an urgent interdict application for the venue to be shut.

The court granted an interdict prohibiting it from holding big events. The car wash is situated next to the N8 towards the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein.

According to the urgent court application, Tshabalala was planning a bash last night, which at least 5 000 people were expected to attend.

The interim order that was granted prohibited the party from continuing unless Tshabalala could secure a certificate in terms of the Safety at Sport and Recreational Events Act.

Judge A.F. Jordaan ruled that Tshabalala had until January 17 to give reasons why his order should not be made permanent — cold comfort for the Mahungra owner.

He said he was furious because he had spent a lot of money planning evening events for the delegates. “I ordered alcohol for R1,5 million and had to pay R92 000 deposit for four tents. I am going to lose a lot of money,” he said.

Tshabalala said he got a grading certificate from the police on December 13, but a day later he received another letter from the police questioning his grading certificate.

The police said that they were concerned “because of the great risk this event could hold for lives of attendees”.

Events were planned for the duration of the Mangaung conference.

Police and court pull the plug on big bash at car wash hang-out

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