Decision on nudist beach ‘expected soon’

2017-02-16 06:01

THE Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is yet to bare the news of whether the Mpenjati beach will be declared a nudist one or not.

The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is under the impression that such a beach will generate income and attract tourists.

Council accepted the application from the South African Naturist Association in 2014.

A short while later, Reverend Mike Effanga, of the Concerned Citizens of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM), held a series of meetings with the municipality and the public, providing feedback and comment on why they should not permit nude bathing.

“The operation is illegal as the Constitution does not permit nude bathing. Therefore a town’s by-law cannot go against this,” he said.

Effanga’s group is of the impression that such a beach will lead to moral decay, children will be exposed to nudity, crime will rise and possibly even prostitution will occur.

Traditional leaders from the area are of the view that the beach is sacred.

Effanga compiled a report based on all this information and wrote to the Public Protector last year to intervene.

Mkhwebane and a delegation from her office then visited the beach to conduct their own investigation.

Mkhwebane said her report will be concluded early this year, which the Concerned Citizens group eagerly awaits.

“The public protector’s professional diligence is impressive and we are happy with the way the issue is being handled. Until she makes a decision, nude bathing at the Mpenjati beach is illegal.

“We look forward to the final report.”

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