While no one knows its exact location‚ #SaxonwoldShebeen has a home on Twitter.
The @StateShebeen account appeared on Twitter shortly after Eskom chief executive officer’s Brian Molefe’s tearful breakdown on Thursday.
He had tried to laugh off‚ before weeping over‚ revelations contained in Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report about his proximity to the Gupta family‚ saying he might have “gone to a shebeen” in Saxonwold.
@StateShebeen describes itself as “one of Saxonwold’s hidden secrets” and advises guests to “bring your own suitcase” – a reference to Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas reportedly being asked if he had something in which to pack an alleged R600 000 bribe at the Guptas’ compound.
The venue has hooked up getaway deals with a very secure KwaZulu-Natal homestead: “Feel like a weekend getaway? #SaxonwoldShebeen has a retreat in the hills of KZN. Book now at the meagre price of R250 million!”
Entertainment has been laid on for the weekend: “Join us for Soulful Sunday music melodies with Baleka as she releases her hit single Withdraw your Statement only at the #SaxonwoldShebeen”.
Headlining things though‚ is the head of state: “Excited to announce a special at #SaxonwoldShebeen with DJ Des ‘Weekend Special’ and DJ Msholozi performing Capture my Heart and State.”
A weekly feature sure to get customers shuffling is: “Join us for Musical Cabinet Chairs on Thursdays at the #SaxonwoldShebeen — the winner will be appointed Finance Minister!”
It may be subject to a sin tax‚ nut a popular tipple on the @StateShebeen’s menu will be the “Gordhan& Tonic! Dry‚ a little bitter but goes down well with most South Africans!”
?@StateShebeen hoped to still be in business on Friday‚ tweeting: “Our doors are closing for tonight at the #SaxonwoldShebeen — we’ll be open tomorrow again. Unless Thuli shuts us down!”
While it remained to be seen if the doors would open‚ Radio 702’s John Robbie called on readers to come up with a name for the shebeen in the leafy Joburg suburb. Among the suggestions were “Cock & Bull”‚ “The CorruptioINN” and “The Tender Bender”.