Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie says despite the government’s decision to not have Municipal Corporations issue party permits, some 300 illicit events are being held weekly.

He says there are bike shows, street parties, round robins, grave diggings exceeding the gathering limit and even Church events in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act.

Minister McKenzie says some restaurants are operating as night clubs and some night clubs are operating under the guise of being restaurants.

The Local Government Minister says party promoters are using private social media pages to advertise their illicit parties.

Minister McKenzie points to one illegal party last week, which attracted hundreds of patrons.

Desmond McKenzie, Local Government Minister, addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.