Women in an Eastern Cape village have decided to close shebeens and taverns at 6pm to try and curb crime, according to a report on Thursday.
If the owners did not comply, Nozaba Tawe, Nowanithi Gwadeni, Niwinile Ntinde, Nonene Joyi and Nkosikazi Nophambili Joyi, of Mputhi village near Mthatha, would campaign to close them down permanently, The Dispatch Online reported.
The women were concerned about some taverns operating 24-hours a day, and said school children stayed away from school to drink and that a string of robberies, rapes and murders had taken place in the area.
According to the website, the women met in September to discuss how to prevent crime in the village and decided that liquor abuse was partially to blame.
"Enough is enough. We have to defeat crime," Nkosikazi Nophambili Joyi, the wife of a traditional leader, told the Dispatch Online.
Two tavern owners said they were not happy with the new arrangement, but would stick to it.
"At 6pm, it is the time that we are starting to get customers in numbers, now when we close at 6pm we will suffer," said tavern manager Camagu Mangquka.
Tavern owner Xoliswa Mpondombini said: "I don't have a problem with closing at 6pm. This is for the sake of peace, law and stability in our village."