A forex trader spent some time behind bars last week, after allegedly wining and dining his friends at a high-end Durban nightclub and then being unable to pay the R36 000 bill, according to a report in the Sunday Tribune.

Khanya Dlodlongwana (20), who allegedly told his waiter he ‘left his bank card at home’ when it was time to pay his bill, appeared at the Point Road Magistrate’s Court. He faced a charge of theft for allegedly bilking the Urban Lounge of R35 885.

Dlodlongwana was released on bail of R2 000. His legal representative, Rajesh Singh, of Roy Singh Attorneys, said: ‘My client denies the charges preferred against him and will outline his defence in court. He has been unfairly treated by the establishment and all parties concerned.’

Urban Lounge’s owner, Ashoo Rampersad, alleged that Dlodlongwana, who was in the company of 10 friends, mostly males, had a taste for expensive alcohol. He said the partying group consumed two bottles of Ace of Spade champagne that cost about R10 000 at the club, four bottles of Veuve Clicquot Rich champagne (R2 000 each), four bottles of Hennessy brandy (R975 each), and mixers.

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