He hired escorts to service his patrons. According to him, the service reduced the violence.
But this angered residents of Slovo Park near Springs, Ekurhuleni. They protested on Sunday, demanding that the tavern be closed down because girls as young as 12 allegedly sell their bodies there.
Community policing forum member Sibongile Shongwe said girls from poor families see the tavern as a chance to make money.
However, Joe said he hired professional prostitutes and there is nothing he can do about the young girls as they visit the tavern as patrons.
He said he would make sure that the ages of girls entering the tavern were checked in the future.
“They come in without money and sleep with men who buy them drinks,” Joe said.
The SunTeam sneaked into the brothel and found half-naked women in bed waiting for clients.
The police said they had been getting complaints and promised to shut down the tavern if the owner doesn’t stop his activities.