Women close village shebeens to cut crime

2012-09-20 09:43

Johannesburg - Women in an Eastern Cape village have decided to close shebeens and taverns at 18:00 to try and curb crime, according to a report on Thursday.

If the owners did not comply, Nozaba Tawe, Nowanithi Gwadeni, Niwinile Ntinde, Nonene Joyi and Nkosikazi Nophambili Joyi, of Mputhi village near Mthatha, would campaign to close them down permanently, The Dispatch Online reported.

The women were concerned about some taverns operating 24-hours a day, and said schoolchildren stayed away from school to drink and that a string of robberies, rapes and murders had taken place in the area.

According to the website, the women met in September to discuss how to prevent crime in the village and decided that liquor abuse was partially to blame.

"Enough is enough. We have to defeat crime," Nkosikazi Nophambili Joyi, the wife of a traditional leader, told the Dispatch Online.

Two tavern owners said they were not happy with the new arrangement, but would stick to it.

"At 18:00, it is the time that we are starting to get customers in numbers, now when we close at 18:00 we will suffer," said tavern manager Camagu Mangquka.

Tavern owner Xoliswa Mpondombini said: "I don’t have a problem with closing at 18:00. This is for the sake of peace, law and stability in our village."

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-09-20 10:18

    I like their determination.

  • lorain.maseko - 2012-09-20 10:25

    Women are amazing creatures, why did God make men/ yjey are the root of most problems in the world anyway.

      kingdom.ndlovu.1 - 2012-09-20 11:08


  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-09-20 10:27

    If the children do not want to go to school, they will simple find something else to do. Deal with the criminals, the shebeen owners do not do crime. The women are just looking for a scapegoat to vent their frustrations on. Instead of going to drink, the criminals will have more time to do their crime!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-20 10:34

      Are you for real?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-20 11:06

      Nozipho you must be an alcoholic,or a shebben queen.

      tony.naidoo - 2012-09-20 12:12

      Did not realise that drinking was an occupation! Nosenso Nosipho!

  • ntombizodwa.letty - 2012-09-20 10:41

    Good mind girls, if u can keep on track everything will b ok, the village will know those bastard soon. Well done guyz hoping 4de best in future. I wish can come 2my place2.

  • jpotas1 - 2012-09-20 11:08

    I like the way you think, pity you cannot come to Jeffreys Bay where Bottlestore owners deliver to these shebeens operating without liquor licenses

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-20 12:04

    Viva, people power, viva! It may be a small step, but, its a step in the right direction. An excellent initiative, guys. Good on you!

  • lnd.leroux - 2012-09-21 11:42

    Community needs to take responsibility for their area and not just accept what is happening around them!! Good for you

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