Crum Region G shuts down illegal tavern in Zakariyya Park


A coordinated raid led by Citizen Relationship and Urban Management (CRUM) Region G, the Department of Development Planning, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the local sheriff of the court resulted in the immediate closure of ​​ a non-compliant tavern nestled within the Zakariyya Park residential area on Wednesday, 10 May.

​The joint operation also saw the confiscation of an array of alcoholic beverages, crates, chairs, and other furniture.

Three large-scale fridges, presumably used for the storage and distribution of the contraband were also confiscated.

Mickey Padayachee, the Regional Director in Region G, said the tavern’s operations were in direct violation of municipal bylaws.

The liquor establishment, which had been operating clandestinely with a carefree attitude, has been causing great angst among law-abiding residents of Zakariyya Park.

Expressing concern over the tavern’s blatant disregard for the law, Padayachee said the City will not hesitate to take decisive action against any flagrant violation of municipal regulations.

“We cannot allow such disruptive establishments to operate in a residential area where peace should be nurtured. Our priority is to ensure the safety of residents in Region G.”

Although no arrests were made, Padayachee says the closure of the tavern serves as a stern warning against those who flout the law.

“The closure of the tavern serves as a clear warning to other establishments that may be operating unlawfully in the region. The City will crack down on any unlawful activity to ensure residents are not subjected to unnecessary risks,” he warns. 

Padayachee noted that the City will not hesitate to take swift action in the interest of public safety, adding that authorities will keep a watchful eye in the region to create a safe and healthy environment for all.

He attributed the success of the raid to meticulous planning and coordination among multidisciplinary state agencies.

One thought on “Crum Region G shuts down illegal tavern in Zakariyya Park

  • May 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    How illegal there was no liquor license?


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