Partygoers trash Ashburton 

Dirt leftover from the "White House" party

Irate residents in the suburb’s Pope Ellis Road, just outside Pietermaritzburg,  have had more than their full of the rowdiness, large crowds, litter, broken bottles, public indecency, loud music and general chaos that accompanies the weekly merrymaking.


Parties, reportedly start in the early evening hours on a Friday and Saturday, causing traffic congestion with parked cars and barricaded roads. The frivolity ends the following morning with mounds of empty and broken alcohol bottles;  litter strewn through the area, drunk party-goers sleeping on verges, and urinating in public.

Taking to social media, community forum groups and residents are posting videos of the mayhem that erupts during the parties, and are calling for the  SAPS to intervene.

“We have  to drive through the anarchy. It is scary. Partygoers swear at us, throw bottles at us … Something must be done,” said an enraged resident.

Another resident shared his experience saying that the matter has been going on for years, with partygoers vandalising his property with animal faeces.

A local DJ (who wished to remain anonymous) and who has hosted other parties at the White House, said it cost between R1 000-R4 500 to rent the house for a party with security hired to man the entrance points.

He said there was an influx of people and generally no way of removing partygoers when the house was packed to capacity.

“Some people come to an event and hang out outside. There is no way to control them because security hired cannot monitor outside the party venue proximity,” said the organiser.

Ward councillor, Sandra Lyne, said she had received numerous complaints from residents and it was a matter of concern. She hoped that a way forward could be reached at a scheduled community meeting that will be held today (Wednesday) at 6pm at the Ashburton Library with the various stakeholders.

SAPS Police spokesperson sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed several reports of public disturbance and illegal drinking.

“An investigation has been initiated and we welcome community members to provide us with information. Police continue to investigate,” said Ngobese.


Bongeka Sibisi

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