Cops had visited brothel, court hears

2013-01-24 19:02

Durban - Durban police knew about an alleged brothel hotel in the city, the Durban Regional Court heard on Thursday.

A receptionist who made bookings for prostitutes testified there was no need for her to blow the whistle, as both police and the eThekweni metro police had been to the hotel.

Yvonne Dudu Shinga was being cross-examined in the trial of a doctor, his wife, and three others on charges of human trafficking and running a brothel.

She said: "The reason I did not report this is because the police would come and see the situation. They would leave and come back. The [eThekwini] metro police even took photos of the girls and told them not to do it," she said.

Shinga said she had been working at the Inn Town Lodge hotel since 2007.

The hotel is owned by Dr Genchen Rugnath, 58, who was arrested last February along with his wife Ravina, Sandile Patrick Zweni, 36, Nonduzo Dlamini, 24, and Bhabha Dubazini, 29.

The five face a total of 156 charges, including assault, rape, sexual exploitation of a child, and racketeering.

They allegedly ran a brothel from the Inn Town Lodge, where children as young as 12 were alleged to have been kept.

They could face life imprisonment if convicted by Magistrate Simphiwe Hlophe.

Shinga said the visits by police and the Metro police had taken place before the raids early last year which resulted in the arrests of the five accused.

She said when she was transferred to the hotel from another hotel, the Down Town Lodge, she found that there were about 30 women prostituting themselves outside the Inn Town Lodge.

She said that many of these women then come into the hotel to use the rooms upstairs.

She said the women could not take men to the rooms in the basement.

"It was the manager who said she had got an instruction that only girls were allowed in the basement."

Earlier this week, in her testimony, she said Dlamini and Dubazini guarded the girls, but under cross-examination she said they looked after the women at the lodge.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 19:26

    You know how it goes, if you don't want the police to shut you down, just give a little something something or a free lap dance

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-25 08:24

      Sign outside a Brothel for married men : “This is for the needy not the greedy”

  • Crracker - 2013-01-24 20:26

    Legalise prostitution and eliminate all the BS. The whole world is one huge brothel. Let's not pretend otherwise.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 20:42

      Hope you are single, no wife or girlfriend or at least they don't read News24, if so, you are safe, no couch sleeping for you then, if you are, then good luck dude, will hold thumbs for you

      Crracker - 2013-01-24 21:24

      @ Gideon She's on prostitution duty tonight. Her turn. Tomorrow my turn. We actually complement each other quite nicely. I can organise you some discount with her.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 22:03

      Hehe, can't commend, I don't want to sleep on the couch buddy, I am married but I like your stile

      Crracker - 2013-01-24 22:12

      I tried my best but she says fixed term contract. You will of course have to take over my household and other silly commitments like the water and lights bills.

      Crracker - 2013-01-24 22:21

      And she says you will have to participate in her weed smoking sessions.

      John - 2013-01-24 22:31

      Prostitution is legal and always has been. Keeping a brothel is illegal. Living off the proceeds of protitution, that is the pimp, is illegal.

      richard.pickett.10 - 2013-01-25 09:58

      You right Crracker, the world is one big naai! Clinton and Zuma have shown us that!

  • John - 2013-01-24 22:45

    If I negotiate a contract to service a client, rent premises for this purpose, service my client, get paid, pay my rent, no crime has been committed.

  • Crracker - 2013-01-24 23:09

    But seriously, what has it got to do with others what people do with or offer in exchange for plain human desires? If your partner or wife wants to hide behind laws to keep their little world intact and uncontaminated the fault must be with them. And how can they ever even trust the neighbour's wife or relatives visiting? (OK, male to include female and that kind of legalness) Let people be people. And let gods be gods where gods count. Simple as that. You take your partner (wife or whatever) for good or worse. So, what is the problem if the eye (of both) starts wandering while the fruits are still there to be seen? But silliness aside, and a cogent observation: Legalise the whole lot of that bothers the authorities and their higher powers. Let the people on the lower rungs also enjoy some of the experiences so lavishly available to the higher echelons in our society. Opportunities of all sorts at the beck and call of the privileged. The ease with which they pay for their more so-called "base" desires. They can afford it. And the rest of society not so lucky to have a permanent place at the gravy trough? How about some honesty? It was quite soul striking to read about the grandmother who was arrested for growing weed in her own yard. Will the arrest deminish the habit of smoking weed? Of course not. Just like banning prostitution is a hopeless and wasted exercise except for thugs. Why must we reserve happiness for sugar daddies only? Humans are also sexual beings.

  • del.pearson.98 - 2013-01-25 04:08

    Kids as young as 12 are having consensual intercourse and it is encouraged by Government handing out condoms. Girls and boys have sex daily, young men and women live together and have sex. Don't kid yourself (pardon the pun) sex is widely advertised and glorified by every book and news paper, movies and sex shops. What is happening here is that some sick persons are making money out of every day occurances. Close down the brothels, throw the perpatrators and jail and let life move on in this warped world of ours. If you don't have any moral values now, what will change in the future. The sad thing is that children have nothing to look forward to anymore, as by the time they are 15 years old they have tried it all and that is why society sucks.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-25 07:21

    Typical! Pay them off to keep it 'hush, hush' and all will go away!!!

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2013-01-25 07:39

    I wonder if our esteemed Leeda has paid a visit BEE four...? And then taken a shower...?

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