Cubana slapped with R200k fine for violating licensing conditions
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Johannesburg - Fourways nightclub Cubana has been slapped with a R200 000 fine for violating its licensing conditions by selling alcohol after hours on the night of the Mduduzi Manana assault incident.
The club made headlines as the scene where the former deputy higher education minister slapped two women during an altercation in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Manana has since pleaded guilty to the assault and has resigned from his post as deputy minister.
The incident has since prompted an investigation into the club, Gauteng Department Economic Development spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement.
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The probe found that Cubana Fourways acted in violation of the Gauteng Liquor Act 2 of 2003, which stipulates that, “the holder of a nightclub liquor license may, withstanding any law to the contrary, sell liquor on any day during the prescribed time”.
"Furthermore, regulations in terms of the Gauteng Liquor Act, 2003 (Act no.2 of 2003) provide stringent and permissible times for nightclubs to operate between 8am – 2am," Ngobese said.
He confirmed that the club had been fined R200 000 for violating its licensing conditions, adding that the club had only been required to pay R50 000.
The remaining R150 000 was suspended for five years, on the condition that the club does not commit a similar offence.