The ANC has spoken out against the opening of an "undesirable" sex store in front of Parliament.
"The opening of such a store within the vicinity of the Houses of Parliament does not auger well for the integrity and standing of such a constitutional body," the ANC said in a press statement.
The ruling party added that Parliament welcomes people from all walks of life, such as school-children, religious communities and tourists.
"Having stores of this nature next to Parliament may offend certain people's moral sensibilities or belief systems and discourage them from visiting Parliament," the ruling party said.
"Parliament cannot claim to be accessible and open to the public when, it has on its doorstep, certain businesses which people might find morally offensive."
The Adult World store attempted to open in 2004 but closed following vocal objections.
The ANC said it would be consulting with legal experts to determine the lawfulness of the business opening opposite Parliament.
"The City of Cape Town must, within the context of its own by-laws, also explain the decision to permit such business next to Parliament," it said.