Old offensive Cape by-laws to be scrapped
By Tando Mfengwana
23 February 2007
The City of Cape Town will repeal 800 by-laws that no longer work, dating back to the 1800’s.
The City has identified the 1898 by-law relating to brothels, a 1910 by-law regarding the safety of the public at “cinematograph exhibitions”, and a 1911 by-law relating to the “prevention of danger from whirligigs and switchback railways”.
A 1956 decree relating to the premises licence for the “accommodation of natives” is one of the offensive by-laws, including another concerning the “census of natives”.
The City’s Brent Gerber says that these by-laws come from the old Cape Town area, Tygerberg and Bellville and some other areas around the City.
The Mayoral committee approved essentially that the draft by-law that would repeal of all the by-laws at once.
This by-law will be advertised for public comment.