CT: Politicians 'stand stiffly' against sex shop

The City of CT is probing whether a sex shop opening near Parliament has the right to operate.

The City of CT is probing whether a sex shop opening near Parliament has the right to operate. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's health directorate is investigating whether a sex shop which is set to open near Parliament has the right to operate.

The Adult World chain first opened an outlet in the area in 2004, but it was shut down following complaints.

Now, 10 years later, some politicians are not happy that it's back on Plein Street.

The city says it has no record of the store's trading licence.

The law states that anyone wanting to exhibit or distribute pornographic material has to get permission from the Film and Publication Board first.

In addition, the store's owner needs to apply to the city for a business licence.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says it's worried about the re-emergence of the sex shop.

Party spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said, "We don't believe this is an appropriate space or place for them to be trading."

The ANC says the store might offend certain people's moral sensibilities and discourage them from visiting Parliament.