Strip club storm hots up

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Durban - A controversial plan to open a strip club in uMhlanga Rocks seems to be gathering steam.

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040510. Inside Rivonia Teazers following the gunned down strip club boss Lolly Jackson . Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Residents of uMhlanga Rocks have been up in arms over rumours that Durban Teazers boss Shaun Russouw is about to convert Gordon’s Pub and Grill into a strip club.

Ward 35 councillor Heinz de Boer said: “At this stage they are operating as a pub.

“I have spoken to the new owner and it looks like he wants to turn it into a lounge, but there will be an element of paid-for dancing.

“Potentially he intends turning it into a strip club, should the pub and restaurant not work out.”

De Boer was adamant that, should the new owner open a strip club, it would be met with resistance.

Russouw, however, was non-committal on his plans.

He said: “Apparently the residents are up in arms, but we have not yet decided whether the place will be turned into a strip club or not.”

Peter Rose, chairman of uMhlanga Tourism, said: “If the rumours were true that a strip club is to be opened… uMhlanga Rocks is a family holiday resort and putting a strip club right in the face of holidaymakers, including children, will not be accepted.”

He said the city’s business licensing authority would have to ascertain whether the establishment was operating a business for which it had been granted the licence to operate.

The Mercury

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