The Hibiscus Coast municipality urged naturists to wait until the beach infrastructure and toilet facilities were built before using it, South Coast Herald reported.
Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) spokesperson Simon April confirmed a request had been received from the Concerned Citizens of Hibiscus Coast Municipality for council to reconsider the decision to approve the 500 metres of Mpenjati North as a nudist beach.
“We did receive a letter from a group of pastors requesting that council reconsiders its decision,” said HCM municipal manager Max Mbili.
He added the application was being processed, and the matter would sit in council on February 24.
“I have received an email from one of the local pastors who said he didn’t see anything wrong with a naturist beach in the area,” he said.
Reverend Mike Effanga from the Concerned Citizens of Hibiscus Coast Municipality said the group of pastors have filed the application for the rescinding of the resolution.
“We are uncompromisingly postured to ensure the confidence of the majority of the local residents of HCM in the democratic process with no loss to moral regeneration and ethical fabric,” said Effanga.
Permission was granted for a nudist beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast in October last year.
This followed an application by the SA National Naturists Association (Sanna) and the KwaZulu-Natal Naturists Association.
The associations argued a nudist-friendly beach would benefit South Africa’s economy and boost property values in the area.
– Caxton News Service