THAMAGA VILLAGE THUGS STRIKE FEAR IN BAR PATRONS
Unsuspecting patrons at Lovers Paradise bar in Thamaga ran for dear life last weekend in Thamaga when a group of unruly youths attacked them.
The shocked owner of the bar, Mogolo Komane (51) told of how the gang invaded her establishment at the close of business last Saturday night, smashing windows and vandalising property.
“I had just closed the doors at 11pm when a group of about 50 youngsters emerged from the nearby rocks armed with sticks and stones to strike terror.” said Komane.
They young men apparently forced their way into the bar and emptied the fridges, smashed beer bottles on the floors and broke all the windows before the police could arrive.
When they were done with the bar the terror squad then proceeded to randomly assault people in the village.
“ One such victim was an elderly ZCC man who was attacked while on his way from church.
They took his shoes and let him walk home barefoot.
Another victim was beaten up as he was leaving the village night club and a group of women were attacked at a baby shower,” Komane recalled.
Eventually the thugs were arrested and charged with vandalism and detained for 24 hours.
Komane said what hurt her the most was that she was not likely to get compensation for her destroyed uninsured property.
“I bought the three-door fridge for P27 000.00 while the two-door was worth P23 000.
These are high quality fridges and I bought them from my work place in Phakalane.
The alcohol was worth P1 500.00 and I’m yet to assess the cost of the rest of the damage,” she said.
Superintendent Balisi Ntamba of Thamaga police confirmed the incident but denied allegations that the culprits were members of the infamous Merubisi crew.
“We have long rounded the so called Merubisi and some of them are serving jail terms.
That gang does not exist anymore but of course there are still some petty criminals whom people believe are members of the notorious Merubisi gang which had terrorised Thamaga at one point,” he said.
Investigations into the vandalism were still underway, the police boss said