Charges withdrawn against 11 strippers

2012-04-23 18:28

Johannesburg - Charges of being illegally in the country were withdrawn against 11 of 12 strippers of various nationalities by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The women, who were employed at the Cape Town nightspot Mavericks Revue Bar, seemed bewildered as they stepped into the dock one at a time, before Magistrate Alta Frederick.

A 12th woman, Olga Gretu, 33, was warned to return to the court on Tuesday, when a decision would be taken by prosecuting authorities on whether the State would proceed with the charges against her.

Counsel Peter Mihalik and attorney George de Beer, for the defence, told the court that an immigration official was to have furnished them with documentation concerning Gretu on Monday, but that he had not arrived for the hearing.

The nature of the documentation was not disclosed to the court, but it would be handed to the senior prosecuting authorities in the course of the day, "for verification", Mihalik said.

Immigration Act

The women were released on bail after their arrest in November, and their appearance in court on Monday was their sixth.

At a previous appearance, when they all stepped into the dock together, Magistrate Chumani Giyos remarked in court he had never seen so many attractive women together at one time.

On that day, as the women stepped out of the dock, he told them he "hoped to see them again".

They faced charges of failure to comply with the Immigration Act, and of entering and remaining in South Africa after their temporary residence permits had expired.

On the first count, it was alleged they illegally worked as strippers at Mavericks while awaiting the outcome of their applications for a change of status.

A document they were given by the immigration authorities specifically prohibited their employment while awaiting the outcome of their applications for temporary residence permits.

On this charge, according to the charge sheet, the penalty was an unspecified fine, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 18 months.

On the second charge, a penalty of an unspecified fine, or a jail term not exceeding three months could be imposed.

  • wesleywt - 2012-04-23 18:34

    Yeah!! Justice served.

      Andrew - 2012-04-23 19:32

      Olga must be the one that the judge fancies as she has to come back by herself!

      Preshen - 2012-04-24 08:25

      They need to promote WEE white economic empowerment

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-06-28 12:04

      @Andrew: That was so funny! LOL!

  • Bobo - 2012-04-23 18:46

    The Judge said he asked the blonde girl if she knew the difference between a "Nail" and a "Paper clip" She hapily replied that she had never ever been "Paper clipped" before, and if he could rephrase the question.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-23 18:51

    nice one!

  • Vusi - 2012-04-23 19:09

    With all the beautiful women in SA, we still have to import talent. Not that I'm complaining, though.

  • zmasemola1 - 2012-04-23 19:35

    Can the state grant SABC/Etv the right to televise this case.

  • Andre - 2012-04-23 19:44

    I'm sure the police will go out in full force to "nail" (pun intended) the strippers. I wish they will do the same when it comes to the balatant disregard of the law where taxi drivers, street urinators, and the like are concerned!

  • Theo - 2012-04-23 23:08

    It's a sad day when 11 strippers get taken to task while the rest of the country is in a crime turmoil....... If the cops etc took as much time to sort out the other stuff that's wrong in this country crime stats would look damn good.....

  • Arthur - 2012-04-24 01:35

    I believe the old English term is "Pomp and Circumstance".

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