Naked Steve streaks to save rhino

2013-02-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Naked down Kloofnek Road in Cape Town … with a red plastic rhino horn covering his privates.

That’s what the well-built Steve Newman did as his bit in the fight against rhino poaching.

In a video posted on YouTube, Newman is seen running down the road, with the horn in place. Written on his back in black capitals is: “SAVE THE RHINOS”.

“People laugh when they see it,” Newman told sister paper Die Burger yesterday.

He said he was inspired by local skateboarder Dec’io Lourenc’o, who posted a YouTube of himself speeding down the same stretch of road.

That video has been seen by 1,3 million people. In it, a car with whom Lourenc’o is keeping pace, sets off a speed camera.

Newman decided to get into Lourenc’o’s slipstream and get a bit of publicity for the plight of the rhinos.

He and a friend, Dene Botha, made their video using the same music. They even mimicked the speed camera flash with special effects, he said.

Newman’s video has a button for people to donate to the African Conservation Trust (ACT).

It’s not the first time he has stripped off for ACT, even skydiving naked — again with the plastic horn in place.

“We’re trying to show that consciousness raising doesn’t need to be a solemn affair,” he said.

J.P. Smith, member of the mayoral committee for safety, said Newman didn’t break any road rules, and could only be prosecuted for public indecency if his genitals had been exposed.

He added that the council is still awaiting clarity from the prosecuting authorities on charging Lourenc’o for breaking road rules.

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