Buffalo's Bar closed

13 Jun 2013 04:50
GOBABIS, 13 JUN (NAMPA) ? The notorious Buffalo?s Bar in Gobabis where a young man was brutally attacked in what is believed to be a racially-motivated brawl, has been closed down by municipal authorities.
The bar, according to evidence led in the ongoing bail hearing of the two accused in the matter on Wednesday, will remain closed until the trial has been finalised.
Nico Kotze, 36, who was giving his evidence-in-chief in the Gobabis Magistrate?s Court on the second day of his and co-accused Frederick ?Boeta? du Plessis?s (33) bail hearing, told the court that no business is taking place at his bar as it has been ordered closed.
Kotze was reacting to a question on whether he will be interfering with ongoing investigations if released on bail after it emerged that two of his employees are State witnesses in the matter.
Gobabis residents have, in various petitions quoted in court, demanded that the bar be closed down for good as it was allegedly promoting segregation amongst residents in this eastern town.
Various Government and community representatives have also called for the closure of the bar, pending the finalisation of the case.
Kotze and Du Plessis stand accused of brutally attacking young Gobabis entrepreneur Levi Katire during a brawl at Buffalo?s Bar on 01 June this year.
Katire was allegedly attacked because he had entered the reportedly ?whites-only bar.
(NAMPA)
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