Cape Town residents protest over bar

2012-08-23 14:31

Cape Town - Bo-Kaap residents in Cape Town have objected to a liquor licence being granted to an establishment situated a metre away from a mosque, it was reported on Thursday.

About 100 residents picketed outside Abantu Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday, vowing to have the licence withdrawn, the Cape Times reported.

The establishment was situated next to the Nurul Islam mosque, built in 1834.

"Authorities placed the first bar in Bo-kaap right next to the mosque. We want to know why we were not consulted," Bo-Kaap Civic Association chairperson Osman Shabodien was quoted as saying.

He said the owner was adamant he could trade as he had a licence.

The bar's kitchen window apparently opened in front of the office of the mosque's imam, or religious leader, who described the noise and odours as intolerable.

The demonstration against the licence would continue daily until next Thursday, followed by a march to the Western Cape legislature.

Ward councillor Dave Bryant said that when the licence was granted, he was not yet in power.

He vowed to follow up with the provincial liquor board.

  • hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-08-23 14:50

    DA supporters where are you? Mr Bryant your party was in power when the licence was granted. Are you scared to lose Muslim votes?

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-23 14:53

    Ag they also make noise with that funny music of theirs, no one complains.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-23 15:00

      Yeah... Have they ever thought of that? Like every single morning they sing loudly from those towers. Who says that everybody wants to hear it?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-23 15:03

      True, and they receive millions of rands a year thanks to halaal products. Their religion prohibits alcohol consumption, that's fine, but that doesn't mean your religion gets to dictate and affect non-believers and/or businesses. You don't like alcohol and bars? DON'T GO TO ONE... simple. Example: You don't see Hindu's protesting about a steakhouse opening in a predominantly Hindu area, or next to temple. They don't impose their beliefs onto others.

      richard.gouws.9 - 2012-08-23 15:11

      100% Sanda

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-23 16:08

      @sandra..The Bo-Kaap is the oldest Muslim community neighbourhood in South Africa!! The mosque was possibly there hundreds of years before the bar opened. The Bo-Kaap is part of Cape are obviously a blue bull supporter from somewhere north of CT.

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-24 12:09

      Sanda, the calling to prayer in the Bo kaap has been going on for more than a 100 yrs.. If you moved into the area and that was the practice dont expect it to change because you moved in. Find another are to live in where the noise doenst affect you. Ad it is they have a huge problem with drugs there and now alcohol as well.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-08-24 13:24

      But why are they getting so worked up, they can go pray and then go have an awesome egg and bacon breakfast , and a bloody mary, what more could you want ?

  • murray.tocker.7 - 2012-08-23 14:56

    Tolerance mf's, tolerance

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-23 15:40

    Tolerance works both ways.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-23 15:46

    A whole metre away!? Where is the respect? One's dop should never be further away than an arm's length.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-23 16:03 comment!!!

  • leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-08-23 19:13

    janee...some official was not thinking straight when he issued THAT license. Rational decision to move business....pity the owner.

      flower.fourie - 2012-08-24 22:43

      I can assure you money changed hands here.

  • penny.stone.589 - 2012-08-23 23:12

    The mosque was there first. Whoever owns the bar is one crass idiot. Can you imagine the riot if another "Forries" opened up next to ANY church (Catholic or Protestant) in ANY of our suburbs. In this instance I'd picket too if I was Muslim.

      spookhuis - 2012-08-24 08:18

      Penny I think the good Priests would be the first customers.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-24 09:44

    Don't tell me Moslem's don't drink, so here is a bar right where they need it to get their daily uptake, What law is there stopping someone opening a place of business, even next to a mosque where they make even more noise then the bar, time for a change Moslem's, get a life and let others lead theirs the way they want to without interfering.

      1McBird - 2012-08-24 17:46

      You say Muslims don't drink....just as well you did not have to endure the Saudi Arabian(language student) that lived in my house....a piss cat of note(and to cap it all he was lying to his parents-was also asked to leave the house he was living in in the Bo-Kaap -lasted two weeks in mine) He did pray tho....what a spoiled,drunken brat that was.

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