The wish of South African nudists to bare it all on a 250m stretch of beach near the Mpenjati Nature Reserve, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, will go ungranted for another festive season.
More than two years since the public protector set aside the Ray Nkonyeni municipality’s decision to allow nudity in the area, the South African National Naturist Association (Sanna) is still working on a plan to petition the national government to amend the Sexual Offences Act to allow for legal nudist beaches.
The association’s chairperson Christo Bothma told TimesLIVE that he plans to meet lawyers in the new year to prepare the petition.
Although Bothma made the same statement a year ago, he remained confident that 2020 will bring nudists closer to achieving their goals.
“The idea is not scrapped and we are not giving up. We are working on a representation to see if we can amend the act to allow nude people on public beaches and places. This will force municipalities to amend their bylaws and we will then reapply for Mpenjati to be a legal naturist beach,” said Bothma.
At the first public hearing into the proposed nudist beach, at Trafalgar in 2014, residents were divided, with some opposed to “drooping boobs and buttocks” on their beach, while others wanted to strip down without fear of getting in trouble with the law.
In a 2017 report that voided the municipality’s permission for a legal nudist beach on technical grounds, the public protector pointed out there was no wording in the act that suggested criminalising nudity in a designated and access-controlled nudist beach.
Source: Sunday Times
Original publication 24 December, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 25th January 2020
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