JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar. Photo: Lungi Ndimande.
Ear-splitting music blasting from a house party on a Saturday night left the neighbourhood sleepless and with a very strong feeling of annoyance.
According to residents, the music was pumping extremely hard from 8pm until about 4am on the Sunday morning. They could not get onto their properties as the streets were completely blocked with cars parked in front of their gates and youngsters lurking in the streets. The park on Bert Close was packed with people consuming alcohol and engaging in some serious physical contact.
“We asked the owner of the house to turn down the music. but it never happened. Instead, he told us that he had a permit to host an event of this kind. He showed us an invalid permit as the letter had no stamp or signature from any law enforcer,” said one of the residents.
Residents called the nearest police station and logged a complaint with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). They were told that a police van would be sent to the address where the house party was taking place.
The police arrived on the scene, but given the number of people at the party, they were afraid to enter the premises. They requested back-up which never arrived, so the party continued. At about 3am, the partygoers started letting off fireworks, and at about 4am the music stopped. However, the noise did not stop as they revved their vehicles, spinning and racing down the streets. This continued until about 5.30am. The Bert Close Park and Crouse Street were in a terrible state, with empty alcohol bottles, some of them smashed to pieces lying everywhere.
Residents want to know why the party was not shut down, why the requested police back-up failed to arrive, why the party was allowed without a signed permit, and why they were never notified about the party.
The Record has contacted JMPD spokesperson,Wayne Minnaar, who said that the matter will be investigated.