A Soshanguve tavern owner has been sentenced to two years in prison for noise pollution, the Tshwane metro has announced.
Phillip Mafata (44) was on 3 August found guilty of 26 counts of contravening noise control regulations and sentenced to two years, metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said.
Mashigo said the case against Mafata followed complaints by neighbours.
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“The complainant, Kenneth Sithebe said Mafata’s business caused much anguish in the neighbourhood because loud music would be played until the early hours of the morning.”
Sithebe said: “I am happy with the judgment because the torture he inflicted on my family and I, causing us 4 years of sleepless nights, will hopefully come to an end.”
Mashigo said Mafata was previously fined R12 000 for being too loud.
The metro said the magistrate said history had proven that Mafata had no respect for the rule of law and his neighbours.
“This will send a clear message to individuals hell-bent on trampling on the rights of others within communities that Municipal Courts are functional and effective to prosecute by-law transgressors.” Mashigo said.
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