First round winners are – the nudists
The 250-metre stretch of beach, which falls under the Mpenjati Nature Reserve, was given official nude-beach status by the municipality in November 2014.
Concerned citizen groups argued that although the municipality had given the go-ahead, the proposed by-law changes authorising the nudist beach had not yet been passed.
Reverend Mike Effanga, who led the pastors group, said they are against the presence of a nudist beach in their neighbourhood.
“They are in violation of the beach by-laws, which are yet to change. We cannot accept any contravention of the laws.”
According to the laws, “no person shall be on the seashore or in the sea or any other place to which these by-laws apply, other than a booth, toilet or change room, unless so dressed that if a female, her nipples are concealed from view and, if male or female their private parts are concealed from view.”
Sipho Mbhele, who heads the forum against the nudist beach, said the beach had brought nothing but shame to the citizens of the South Coast .
“We’re all out to fight the municipality not to implement those by-laws, even to go to court. It is really a disgrace and we don’t want a nudist beach,” Mbhele said.
Mqwebu insisted that the implementation of by-laws will be completed soon after this year’s local government elections.
She believes the nudist beach is a potential catalyst for tourism.
Source: The Sowetan
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