Stark opposition to KZN nude beach proposal
Mpenjati Beach near Port Edward could be full of naked people by Christmas.
The newly formed KwaZulu-Natal Naturist Association has submitted a proposal to the Hibiscus Coast Municipality for the beach to become a legal naturist haunt. But some locals fear all that naked flesh will draw “voyeurs and oglers”.
“There are a number of naturists in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounds who use Mpenjati beach, north of the lagoon. It has been a well-known safe area for naturist leisure for more than 10 years,” says the association in its proposal.
“A large number of overseas visitors to South Africa are completely familiar and comfortable with topless and/or naturist friendly beaches. By having ‘officially’ designated nudist beaches at suitable locations along the South African coastline, overseas and local tourists alike who practice the naturist lifestyle will have places to go, safe in the knowledge they are legally allowed to be naked without any risk of arrest or harassment.”
But David Holt-Biddle, the chairperson of the Trafalgar Conservation Group, objects.
“It is fairly obvious that it is inappropriate to have a nudist beach in a nature reserve. Mpenjati is, after all, a nature conservation orientated and heavily family orientated reserve,” he said.
Hibiscus Coast spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said the “unique” proposal would be discussed in a council meeting on September 30. A public comment process, which drew both objections and support, closed this week.
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