Cape Town - If you were hoping to head down to KZN's Mpenjati
Beach for some au naturel bathing this summer, think again.
Th application for the
portion of beach between Port Shepstone and Port Edward to be declared nudist
friendly, first submitted to the Hibiscus Coast Municipality in 2014, has
officially been rejected.
Since its opening more than three years ago, the beach has been
met with a number of complications, facing backlash by a Concerned Citizens
Group, who have argued against its go ahead.
SEE: KZN South Coast not keen on nudist beach
According to IOL, the rejection outcome was announced by
the group in Marburg on Monday, 06 November with a ruling now preventing the
500m stretch of beach near Trafalgar from becoming South Africa’s second official
nudist resort. The other of course being Sandy Bay in Cape Town - although
there are no official beaches in SA where the right to bathe in the nude is
The group’s Reverend Mike Effanga is quoted in the report saying,
the idea of the nudist beach was "dead".
“This is what they should have done three years ago, reject the
application. They should have told the nudists to go be naked in their
bathrooms like everybody else," says Effanga.
The court found the public consultation to be improper, with
Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane ruling the municipality had in fact
breached its own anti-nudity policies when it decided to “relax the by-law”.
Mkhwebane called it a “whitewashing and sugar-coating exercise intended to make
the municipality’s unlawful act seem more appealing or pleasant when in actual
fact it was unlawful and improper”.
SEE: KZN nude beach: Let's use what God gave us, say naturists
While the aim of the beach was to benefit tourism, since
"European tourists are more comfortable with nude bathing", according to the KZN
Naturist Association the association says it intends to file yet another application.
"I'm busy draft it as we speak. An officially designated naturist beach would attract
international tourists, I know of tour operators who would love to bring
naturist tourists to this beach but now won't because they don't want to do
anything illegal," KZN Naturist Association spokesperson Christo
Bothma told Traveller24.
"The Germans are much more relaxed towards nudity on the
beach and in Europe there are much more naturists than here in South
While Bothma admits they were caught by surprise with the
announcement of the ruling, they will be looking at the necessary steps,
"however long it takes to redraft and submit the application".
"It's clear what needs to be done and the steps we need to
follow. As naturists we don't want to cause conflict - we just want to go to
the beach and enjoy ourselves."
SEE: #FindYourEscape: SA's nudist beaches to check out
While a 30-day remedial action term had been allocated by the
court, it was unlikely the bylaw would be changed within this time. Not letting
it go without an appeal, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April
says once the municipality gains sight of the report, they would seek legal
advice on the way forward.
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