Cape Town - Despite a bylaw stating that a 500-metre stretch of on Mpenjati Beach received local government approval in 2014 to become an official nudist venue, nudists were told before the start of the festive season this year that they are not allowed to to do the full monty there.
Times Live reports that at the start of the festive season, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality confirmed that it had received a letter from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube stating that no nudity would be allowed as the bylaw to legalise the beach as a nudist venue was not formalised yet.
The municipality relaxed the current bylaw by allowing nudists on the beach when it approved an application to declare the 250m stretch of sand KwaZulu-Natal's first naturist beach in 2014, but says the bylaw is still in the process of being gazetted.
But that didn't stop them.
Despite the ongoing law-making, naturalists saw the festive season as an ideal opportunity to tan their butt cheeks.
Mpenjati Beach, located about 140km south of Durban, has been a popular strip-off spot for about 20 years, and 2015 saw the nude traditions continued.
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During Easter Weekend in 2015, just after the news that the nude beach will become SA's first official nude beach, naturalists also took to the sand in their birthday suits.
Over the past festive season again, naturalists let loose on Mpenjati Beach: