‘No’ to nudists on Mpenjati beach

2015-12-10 06:00
Nature-loving nudists will no longer be allowed to ‘bare it all’ on Mpenjati beach.                                                                                             PHOTO: FILE

Nature-loving nudists will no longer be allowed to ‘bare it all’ on Mpenjati beach. PHOTO: FILE

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NUDISTS will no longer be able to strip down and bare it all as the MEC of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has requested that the Hibiscus Coast Municipality adhere to its current by-laws which prohibit nude bathing.

This comes after the Concerned Citizens of Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) - comprised of residents, faith-based organisations, businesses and other organisations - fought tooth and nail for the closure of the beach.

Their reasons, among many, was that public nudity is unlawful and contributes to moral decay of society.

Reverend Mike Effanga, of the Concerned Citizens of HCM, said the group was “tentatively relieved to have confirmation that HCM is not a law unto themselves”.

“We are delighted that HCM is not a law unto itself ... we consider that the nudist beach, for all practical purposes, is shut down... the municipality broke the law by allowing nude bathing. We are reviewing this to see who is responsible,” he said.

Effanga received a letter from the MEC which stated that a meeting was held with the director of community services and the following was confirmed (sic):

- the beach is not operational as the by-law has not been amended;

- the municipality is committed to enforcing the current beach by-law within the jurisdiction of the municipality, subject to availability of resources;

- previously there were signs erected by the municipality to warn community members of encountering nude bathers, however, the signs have been removed; and

- the municipality will ensure that all signs erected within the jurisdiction of the municipality are in keeping with relevant municipal by-laws.

Simon April, spokesperson for Hibiscus Coast Municipality, could only tell the Fever that the municipality was in the “process of having the by-law Gazetted”.

Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African Naturists’ Association, said he had no knowledge of the MEC’s meeting with HCM.

“As far as we know, the by-law had been relaxed­ and that it was in the process of being Gazetted. It is news to me that this by-law was not relaxed,” he said.

Pavlovic said he could not comment any further as he had no knowledge of the meeting or the letter.

The nudist beach was approved at a council meeting in October 2014 after the KZN Naturists’ Association filed an application for 500 metres­ of the Mpenjati beach to be made nudist friendly.

Naturists descended on the beach over this Easter weekend for its unofficial opening.

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