Police warn pole dancers

HARARE - Harare police are threatening a crackdown on delinquent dancers and club-owners who promote “moral decadence”.

This follows the arrest of Shantel Chirimuta, a Chocolate Barbes dancing crew member who allegedly became intimate with a patron on stage.

At a meeting on Friday with the dance sector’s stakeholders, police stressed the importance of maintaining morality in the clubs.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, was reportedly attended by several Harare club owners including Joy Centre, Club Red 32, Devine Assignments, Destiny, Players, Kule’s Bar, Jongwe Corner and DZ Sports Bar among others.

“It is a serious offence to hire unregistered dancers to perform at your joint, Dancers Association of Zimbabwe (Daz) and club owners mava kurasika (you are getting lost), you are failing to realise that we all have an obligation to keep our culture unpolluted,” said one police officer only identified as Garavaza.

“As police, we are now intensifying our operations in entertainment clubs to ensure that morality is restored.”

It has been established that Chirimuta was not a registered dancer.

Both Daz and the Censorship Board said she was not one of their members.

Chirimuta is being tried at Mbare Magistrates’ Courts for the alleged violation of Censorship and Entertainment Control Act which does not allow dancers to come into close contact with revellers while on stage.

In her defence, the raunchy dancer has said she could not do without sex, hence her behaviour on stage.

The police also attacked some club owners in the capital for barring officers from entering their venues.

“If you keep on denying us access into the venues, we do not have problems with that but you will be surprised to find us inside without your approval,” he said.

Earlier on, Harpers Mapimhidze of Daz, told the Daily News that his organisation was striving to restore order in the industry.

“We are striving to fully professionalise the dance industry and the only way we can achieve that is through instilling discipline among the players,” he said.

Chirimuta is not the first female dancer to cross the paths with law enforcers. Raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda and her close ally Zoey Sifelani have also been hauled before the courts for public indecency.


    Comments (6)

    moral decadence my foot!! You escorted scantly dressed women in the streets of Harare parading their semi nude bodies right in the CBD and now you want to "crack down" on night clubs were people actually pay for that??? Double standards.

    kitsi - 28 January 2015

    you are spot on Kiitsi, people in the night clubs are not in public places and they say they want to control them yet those who go to public places are left to walk half naked, maybe the police now need the duties to patrol in night clubs vopinda mahara sezvavajaira pakukwira public transport.

    tsoko - 28 January 2015

    me laugh pon dem still mahure aya zeen

    big linx - 28 January 2015

    i feel the crackdown is long overdue , infact the Daz association should be disbanded forthwith as they are the coodinators of loose morals. police should descent with full force on such malcontents bent on tanishing the image of the greatest nation on the land forever ZRP ABLE WEATHERS

    able weathers - 29 January 2015

    All this talk of "moral decadence" caused by pole dancers is a lot of rubbish. Remember, patrons pay money to see pole dancers in a closed environment. There are no kids in such places. They are not doing their pole dancing on the city pavements. In this nation, we have headmasters and other public officials who want a "thigh for a pass", forcing female students to submit for good passes. There are more then enough cases of rich men and women who sexually abuse university students in return for cash. How about the officers who chase the ladies of the night up and down the avenues, because they are easy targets for bribes or for being paid "in kind"? And that officer's talk about needing to "keep our culture unpolluted” is wrong because it is already polluted by the west african ideals that so many zimbos try to emulate, from the big mansions that they see in African movies to the use of juju to get super rich in a very short time. Leave the pole dancers alone and capture the tsotsis who cruise the highways and roads of Harare at night. talk

    dr delicious - 30 January 2015

    We need the presence of God tikatamba mwari vanotirasa nekuita kwakadai kwe pole dancing what is this inga takagona kuramba ngochani, remember sodom and gomorrah, this kind of behaviour ndiyo inotsamwisa mwari zvikuru,hunhu whedu ngatidyorerei, vanhu vasati vafamba vakashama pliz.

    tichaona - 30 January 2015

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