20 November 2012

Namibia: G-Strings Cause a Stir At Public Pool

THE City of Windhoek has warned people using its public swimming pools in Olympia and Khomasdal to adhere to the dress code displayed at the entrance to the facilities.

The warning comes in the wake of complaints about people using the pools in skimpy swimsuits.

Johanna Kambala, a concerned mother, complained to The Namibian about the costumes worn by some women at the Olympia pool.

“As a regular visitor with my family to Olympia swimming pool, this pool is no more a pleasant place for us parents to take out our children for swimming. This is because of some patrons who have decided to come to the swimming pool half-naked without taking into consideration the presence of children,” she wrote in her complaint.

Municipal rule number five, which is displayed on a sign at the entrance to the pool, reads: “No person shall bathe unless decently and adequately clothed. No boxer shorts, tights or underwear.”

Scheifert Shigwedha of the City of Windhoek said the municipality does not condone indecent exposure and people are encouraged to adhere to the dress code.

“The swimming pool is a public facility and thus people should adhere to the rules and follow them,” he said.

Kambala wrote that some women are “making it a habit to come and swim with G-string swimwear despite the fact that the pool has no age restriction”.

“Our poor children are now exposed to this type of images which is not good for their upbringing,” she added.

She said some parents who had brought their children to the pool on Sunday had to leave when women wearing G-strings took over the kiddies’ pool and posed for photos under the fountain.

“Olympia and Western Suburbs swimming pools are public pools, thus our children need to be protected in this regard,” Kambala said.

She called on the municipality to enforce the dress code at the two public pools.

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