Friday 27 February 2015

Licence dispute in Umhlanga – KwaZulu-Natal

Licence dispute -  The Diamond Grill and Lounge, situated on Umhlanga’s Lagoon Drive, has  been fined twice by the eThekwini municipality in recent weeks, for allegedly operating a nightclub illegally.  The owner, Shaun Russouw, claims that this is the result of a local councillor’s personal vendetta against him.   The councilor denied this, stating that Mr Russouw requires a special licence to manage a strip club, which he allegedly doesn’t have.   Russouw, in turn, alleges that the municipality wants to apply a law which was declared unconstitutional in 2003.  He feels that he is being unfairly targeted as similar establishments have been operating for more than 7 years without any problem.    The eThekwini spokesman said they are of the opinion that Russouw does not have the proper licence to operate a strip club.   “There are licences for different kinds of businesses, and people cannot run a place of entertainment without a licence,” he said.
Russouw indicated that he planned to challenge the municipality’s case when it comes to court on 27 March 2015. 

[Article by the Daily News, edited by The Licence Co (LiquorWise Division]

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