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City queries sex shop's licence

May 30, 2014



The city of Cape Town is investigating the imminent opening of an Adult World shop in Plein Street because the company allegedly failed to apply for special licences required by the sex industry.

The city said any shop showing or selling X-rated films needed a licence from the Film and Publication Board, and a local council business licence for operating adult premises.

"City health has no record of a premises issued with a trading licence in terms of above at 99 Plein Street, Cape Town," mayoral committee member for health Benedicta van Minnen said.

The board confirmed it had not received an application from Adult World for an operating licence, and said it had noted the unhappiness of the ANC chief whip's office about the shop's location.

Adult World, however, said licences it received from the city and the board a decade ago to operate a shop at the same premises were still valid.

"In 2004, the original store was issued with all the necessary licences from the city to trade, they are still valid and are being used for the new venture," said spokesman Sean Newman.

He said Adult World would welcome an inspection by the city.

On Tuesday, ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said it was inappropriate to have a sex shop across the street from Parliament and risked discouraging sensitive citizens from visiting the |legislature.

He vowed to take legal advice on the matter and called on the council run by the Democratic Alliance to explain why it was granted a licence.- Sapa

Cape Argus


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Source: Cape Argus (South Africa)


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