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Free book exchange in Bothasig forced to shutdown

...when the City of Cape Town shut down the library they could not give the by-law under which it was shut down.
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Free book exchange in Bothasig forced to shutdown

A free library in Bothasig was shut down by the City of Cape Town (CoCT) following some complaints by some community members.

Booksie the Booktroll was started 2-years ago by Denise Riddle.

The self-monitored cupboard book exchange allowed people from all around to get free books from the library and swap with the ones they have.

While speaking on Cape Talk, Riddle said that when the City of Cape Town shut down the library they could not give the by-law under which it was shut down.

“They did say it was a public nuisance,” Riddle said.

Riddle has attributed the shutdown to a neighbor whom she said is constantly complaining about everything.

The initiative has since approached the courts for the issue to be resolved, however, the matter will only be heard in February 2021.

In the meantime, the cupboards have been left on the verge as community members want to continue the book swap.

“We decided as a collective to keep Booksie up so we are actually being a little bit naughty and Booksie is still on the pavement,” Riddle said.

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