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Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Property owners didn't have go-ahead to host Northcliff party

The owners of a mansion in Northcliff did not have permission to host a party attended by about 5 000 people on New Year's Eve.

Yesterday, the organisers of the event, Big Momma 4 Wet n Wild, Roksta Ent, said their reputation was being hurt as a result of the adverse publicity, but as far as they were concerned, the owner, Bongani Mkhatshane, had told them that he had the necessary permits.

"However, because it was a private house party, on private property, no permits were needed. An owner does not need permission to have guests in his house and no alcohol was sold," said a spokesman for Roksta, who would identify himself only as Prince.

His company had three ambulances as well as security on standby for the event, he noted.

Their website describes the company as a "movement made up of talented individuals that strive for the best and want it all in the alternative media".

But permits are indeed needed, says City Parks, which owns the land adjacent to the property.

The party spilt over outside, and City Parks is trying to establish if the party used City Parks land, due to lack of clarity over where the boundary is.

Spokeswoman Jenny Moodley said they were investigating who the land belongs to because the owner claimed it belonged to him.

"But either way, if an event of more than 500 people is to be held, permits have to be obtained from the city's joint organising committee," she said. "We have sent a team out to do a geotechnical inspection."

Ward councillor Steve Kotze said residents had formed a committee and would be sending a petition to the council, demanding that permission for such a party not be given again, should this have been done.

"I am also submitting questions to the council to ask whether permission was granted, by whom and, if so, why I, as ward councillor, was not consulted. But the answers could take a few weeks to get back," he said. He also rubbished claims that it had been a private party.

"People would not sell tickets at a cost of R100 and R300 if that were the case, and it would not have been advertised on a website," he said.

Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Lorraine van Emmerik confirmed that the SAPS was not advised of the event. She said they were investigating the matter.

According to a deed search, the owners of the property at 6 Vancouver Place are Bongani Joshua Mkhatshane and Portia Nomonde Mkhatshane.

The property was put up for auction in August 2011, but the title deeds still reflect the couple as the owners. Neither of the Mkhatshanes responded to a request for comment.

The Star

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