ABANDONED Bulawayo City council beer halls have been turned into sex rendezvous with sex workers using them for "shot times", residents have complained.
Council-owned Ingwebu Breweries has, over the years, been dogged by viability problems which forced the closure of 16 beer halls in several high density suburbs.
Some of the pubs which were closed include Manuwere beer garden in Mzilikazi, Elangeni in Tshabalala, Pumula beer hall and Sizinda beer.
Residents who spoke to New Zimbabwe said naughty residents were taking advantage of lax security at the abandoned pubs to engage in nefarious sexual activities, especially during the night.
The premises are particularly popular with prostitutes who use them for "short time" romps with clients.
"On numerous occasions during the night, we have witnessed women in skimpy outfits accompanied by male counterparts entering these premises through secluded entrances," said a Tshabalala resident.
"We have also discovered used condoms within the vicinity of the building. What surprises us is that these properties are supposed to be guarded round the clock by armed municipal police but we hardly see any security personnel these days."
A resident of Sizinda, where one of the abandoned beer halls is located, claimed that school-going teenagers were also frequenting the closed outlets at night for sex.
Efforts to get a comment from the city council were unsuccessful.