Sex shop opposite Parliament gets some MPs hot and bothered

2014-05-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A sex shop with screaming red doors and windows hasn’t even opened opposite Parliament and already it is provoking embarrassed giggles and upset.

Moloto Mothapo, a spokesperson for the ANC chief whip, said the party is deeply disturbed that the Adult World shop is so close to Parliament.

“It is the second time someone has tried to open a sex shop so close to Parliament. It was stopped in 2004 after a public outcry.

“The ANC is going to ask Parliament to seek legal opinion. Parliament is visited by all sorts of people, including faith groups and school children. A shop like that sends the wrong message,” said Mothapo.

He said the city of Cape Town had to explain why the shop was given permission to open there.

The ANC’s stance was supported by the African Christian Democratic Party.

MP Cheryllyn Dudley said they would also seek clarity from the city council.

The DA’s Anchen Dreyer, nominated to serve as caucus chair, said they will leave the city’s responsibilities to the council and focus on more important matters.

“No one is obliged to visit the shop. It’s a free country,” she said with a laugh.

Benedicta van Minnen, member of the mayoral committee for health, said the council is still considering the licence application. She said businesses selling films, games and publications with an 18 age restriction needed the permission of the Film and Publications Board to trade and had to apply to the local authority for a licence. She said her department had no record of such an application.

Adult World group CEO Francois Joubert told sister paper Die Burger he did not want to comment on the issue.

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