Cape Town strip club fights to stay open

2012-02-06 09:39

Cape Town - Cape Town strip club Mavericks wants the Western Cape High Court to declare the home affairs department's revoking of its corporate permits as unconstitutional.

The club filed papers on Friday after it was dealt a major legal blow that could result in the business shutting down, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Monday.

It had sought an interdict to stop home affairs from deporting its foreign strippers, after the department decided in October to revoke the club’s corporate permits.

Had the club not taken the matter to court, 16 of its dancers would have been deported in November.

On Friday however, Judge Siraj Desai dismissed the application with costs and referred the matter to the Human Rights Commission to investigate whether the human rights of Mavericks’ dancers were being infringed.

Strippers 'vulnerable'

The strippers were “not paid at all”, were expected to pay the club R2 000 a week, and their working and living conditions made them susceptible to exploitation.

Desai said the women were in a “vulnerable situation” and the fact that the person responsible for them demanded large amounts of money every week possibly placed owner Shane Harrison in contravention of the international Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

The club's bid for an interdict was the first of a two-part court action. It is challenging the constitutionality of the department's decision to revoke its permits, as well as the immigration regulations on which the decision was based.

In an affidavit submitted to the high court, Harrison brands the procedures under the regulations “blatantly unconstitutional”.

Harrison intended meeting his lawyers on Monday to weigh up what the judgment would mean for the club, and plan his next step.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-06 09:49

    we shouldn't be importing woman of low moral standing in the first place. shut them down and deport all the dancing girls back to where ever they came from. we don't need them here.

      John - 2012-02-06 09:58

      Actually...which audience are you representing? If you dont like clubs...just don't go there isn't it? Don't you think that demands are dictating the market?

      Jay - 2012-02-06 10:10

      then please deport the billions of illegal Zimbabwean woman in this country as well bru!!!!

      Tgif - 2012-02-06 12:00

      If you don't like woman of " low moral standing " why do you keep voting for the ANC ?

      Pierre - 2012-02-06 12:22

      No-no don’t close Mavericks! I can attest to these girls character. Nobody with legs like that can be anything else than an asset to Cape Town. Ok, those conditions sound a bit harsh, home affairs can look into that; but the main thing as long as nobody is held and forced to work against their will.

      Mr Squid - 2012-02-06 12:52

      You don't want them standing? What position do you want them in?

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-06 12:52

      They should only be deported if the South African women currently working as drug mules agree to switch careers and fill in the stripping positions.

      Erich - 2012-02-06 13:13

      Why is it so bad to disallow 'women' of low moral standing. The criterium should be the looks.

      John - 2012-02-06 14:19

      @Rbczovczov Where do you see "apples for apples" ? I see "apples" for "mules"...I wonder why you don't have club. "Bapsi" your tipping point?

      Hector - 2012-02-07 12:17

      @ ludlowj "we shouldn't be importing woman of low moral standing in the first place" do we have enough of our own ?? where can I find them ? aargh me matey

  • John - 2012-02-06 09:52

    Right....What a News !!! The fight between clubs all of a sudden become a High Court and Human rights Commision issue. Is that was "sudden" or conveniently "executed" in November 2011 just before feast of season? Mavericks sold more tickets than FIFA World Cup 2010 Games in Cape Town. Just a question....what about the other clubs in Cape Town?

      John - 2012-02-06 10:20

      I'll accept only "thumbs down" from people with strong family belives. Club owners and staff members are not

      Narike - 2012-02-06 11:10

      I would have liked the following heading better: Cape Town fight club strips to stay open ;D

      Rudie - 2012-02-06 13:18

      Hulle sal altyd muis wys . Deal with it people.

  • The-third - 2012-02-06 09:57

    Shame... I think it is our duty to offer these young women the opportunity to earn a living. It's the human thing to do ;-)

      John - 2012-02-06 10:01

      A REAL MAN WORDS !!!!

      The-third - 2012-02-06 10:46

      I see a large contingent do not appreciate my humour this morning. Oh well ;-) we all can't be uptight and agitated about life all the time... hehe.

      Ryan - 2012-02-06 11:07

      I have a spare room if any of them need a place to rest during the investigations.

      Linda Meridy Yates - 2012-02-06 15:45

      Real men don't go to strip clubs.

      John - 2012-02-06 16:12

      @ Linda Please define "Ladies Night" and "Bachelorette party" for me here.

      Peter - 2012-02-06 16:16

      Where do they go Linda, gay clubs? But ja, there are some seedy characters at these places - I've visited them on the odd occasion, lovely girls, but something not lekker about the whole thing. All real men have a few nunu's in their heads, don't let them fool you Linda.

      Willem - 2012-02-06 18:21

      @Linda SAYS WHO its men that scared of their wifes that don't go

  • nicole.v.ange - 2012-02-06 10:00

    Wow... maybe a bit less commenting on the girls and a bit more on those exploiting them? You don't know their situations so let us get off our high horses a bit...

      Merven - 2012-02-06 13:05

      They are not being exploited. How it work in the most of these clubs are as follows: The club don't pay them, they must pay a weekly fee to dance. Now, how do they make money? Simple, they get money from table dances, lap dances etc. Normally cash, tax free. There are girls at the Grand that earns up to R80 000 a month! I fail to see how R80 000 a month can be seen as exploiting.

      Peter - 2012-02-06 16:20

      I think the clubs make even more Merven. I hope they ensure these girls are protected from pervs when they go home. Also, I'm sure some of these lasses must get a bit of pschological damage due to having to expose themselves to people they don't know. I just hope they're looked after properly by the people offering them this "opportunity".

  • Linda - 2012-02-06 10:03

    Do the women know what they will be doing at Mavericks before they come to South Africa? Why do they have to pay the "club" R2000 a week? Do they have their passports in their possession? How do they pay the "club" if they are "not paid at all"? Some serious investigation is needed here!

      John - 2012-02-06 10:12

      Linda, They definetly know what are the terms an conditions. People who are fighting for their "rights" are the competitors on the market. Not even one club pays salaries....

      Juan - 2012-02-06 10:13

      The dancers gets paid, directly from the customers. Probably as much as a couple thousand rand a night.

      Merven - 2012-02-06 13:05

      Linda, see my post above.

      Thabiso - 2012-02-06 13:09

      To the dancers, a club is like a rented office space. They do their business there and pay the landlord, which in this case is the club.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-02-06 13:18

      In that case, do they pay tax???

      Peter - 2012-02-06 16:25

      I think you know the answer to that Celeste. One of the perks of the job I guess. I've visited Teasers once in my life, we gave a girl R200 to dance on our table. Certainly not that exciting an experience that I've been back, but it settled my inquisitiveness. The bouncers are scary looking, I don't think many customers would dare touch the girls, it could end in a painful and debilitating experience. Girls are pretty though.

      Timothy - 2012-02-14 18:35

      Weekly earnings between 10 and 20K depending on the month. Girls are recruited through a stripper agency and know exactly what they will be doing. Most of them move between countries like the States, England, Japan ect. Passports are in their possession as well as return air tickets and they are free to go at any time. In actual fact if they do not pay the weekly fee to dance at the club they are not allowed to dance on the premises and then return home. Simple. No complex hidden issues or issues of trafficking girls. If I was Home Affairs I would concentrate on the internal trafficking happening at the countless escort agencies and websites in Cape Town where local as well as foreign girls are being forced in to prostitution, which, if I may add, is illegal, not stripping.

  • John - 2012-02-06 10:14

    What a load of hogwash - the report says they earn no money, yet they pay the club R 2000 a week ? I haven't been in one of these places in years, but what I saw, the girls were very happy working there and they were earning very well. Whatever happened to freedom of choice that SA was supposed to embrace ? The girls want to be here and do what they are doing....the owners want them to be here, and the patrons visiting these places want them to stay. What is the problem ?

      John - 2012-02-06 10:23

      Simply....fight between clubs...thats all

  • Martin - 2012-02-06 10:26

    Please dont let them leave

      John - 2012-02-06 10:37

      Martin....100% Agree Sasha, I Love you !

  • Josh - 2012-02-06 10:36

    Is it just me or does John seem to be really upset about this? It's cool bud, it's not the only place and there will be more. :)

      John - 2012-02-06 10:42

      you made my day...:)...thanks Josh

      Josh - 2012-02-06 11:06

      I'm with you man. The focus is weird. Don't know if you have ever driven passed a Chez Ntemba club or any of the sort. The kind of place that cops fear to tread.

      Josh - 2012-02-06 11:07

      The strippers who live in the penthouse in my building in Sea Point don't seem to struggle too much.... Just saying.

  • gerrie.visagie - 2012-02-06 10:36

    "filed court papers to seeking to stop" ... who writes these headlines, sjeeeehs.

  • an0nthinker - 2012-02-06 10:52

    The part the judge is forgetting is that those girls make tens of thousands of Rand per month. Tax free! Those girls are not vulnerable, they know what and how.

      Hugh - 2012-02-06 12:20

      If my memory doesn't fail me, the Judge was quite taken by the bevy of beauties that graced his court on their first appearance. He seemed quite keen to see them again. My kind of judge.

  • Duanne - 2012-02-06 12:34

    Hmm, home affairs trying to enforce the "Buy South African" agenda? After all, local is lekker . .

      John - 2012-02-06 13:34

      Sure, Where is your local club?

  • Chris - 2012-02-06 13:00

    I am opening a red light district in Cape Town soon, F&%K the court and a the rest of the moaners of society !!! Time for us men to have some fun, instead of paying R1000.00 an hour !!! YES PLEASE !!!

      Linda Meridy Yates - 2012-02-06 15:46

      Unless you clean up your act, you will die a lonely old man.

      Willem - 2012-02-06 18:25

      @Linda you are probably lonely

  • Alfred - 2012-02-16 22:25

    It all boils down to choice. You choose to show your nunu, you choose to go see nunu. Its cheaper and more morally excepted to get a girl drunk at a local bar and sleep with her, than paying someone money to just see it. This world is topsy turvey. Then on the other hand, looking at nunu all night never made me beat my wife senseless or stab someone. Free the stripclub. Thats my vote.

  • Edward Serfontein - 2012-02-28 09:31

    Xeno-fetish discrimination.

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