DURBAN – Nudists have persisted with a proposed nudist beach in Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) even if it means changing the law. The battle of the nudist beach is centered near the Mpenjati Nature Reserve on the KZN South Coast on a 250m sandy stretch.
The people at the heart of this fight, South African naturists plan to have a petition to national government to have Sexual Act 23 of 1969 which prohibits municipalities from amending their own bylaws, “The time has come for the South African National Naturist Association (Sanna) to approach national government to have the very outdated Act amended,” the association’s chairman Lofty Lutge said.
“Once the act is amended, municipalities will be entitled to amend their bylaws to provide for nudist-friendly beaches.” There are is a group of about 30 churches and thousands of church members who against this plan on the southern coastline of KZN and plan to fight it until the very end.
The nudist beach plan was banned by the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane finding that Ray Nkoyeni Municipality had breached its own anti-nudity policies, scrapping the council resolution in 2014 which relaxed the bylaws, it was found to be in violation with national legislation by the public protector.
The public protector also found that although the municipality had a open transparent consultation with the community, they ignored majority of views who rejected the plan of a nudist beach.
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