29/05/2014 – ACDP queries legal position regarding sex shop opposite Parliament

ACDP Parliament
Media Statement
Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip

ACDP queries legal position regarding sex shop opposite Parliament

The ACDP will request Parliament to seek legal advice as to whether or not there is anything that can be done to oppose the opening of a sex shop (Adult World) in Plein Street, opposite Parliament.

The same store, situated less than 50 metres from the entrance to Parliament, attempted to open in 2004 but was closed following strong objections.

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said: “Our understanding is that the City of Cape Town approves land use and gives licences and our ACDP Councillors will be taking up the matter with the relevant authorities in the City. We will be expecting the City to explain how this could be allowed to happen without giving relevant stakeholders the opportunity to object or accept the situation.”

Dudley added that, “In the opinion of the ACDP a sex shop right outside of Parliament is inappropriate – not only does it invite ridicule of Members which is unfair it lowers the tone and image of Parliament as an institution.  This is a Peoples Parliament and people could very well be offended by the presence of such a shop causing them to feel Parliament is less accessible to them.  Children are constant visitors to Parliament as schools are encouraged to include visits in their curriculum – unnecessary exposure to this sort of thing is completely irresponsible.”

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