Of the beach party, half-nakedness, rape allegations and loose girls

Despite its creative concept and the fan-fare around the event, the popular Gabs Beach Party, has been subject of endless controversy, especially over the past two days. There have been allegations of poor security, hooliganism, theft, Sodom and Gomorra-like debauchery and vague reports of rape incidents.

This has caused outrage, with some quarters claiming that it contributes to moral decay in our country. Since its inception, this event has been met with mixed feelings, with conservatives dubbing it a ‘bitch’ party, apparently because it’s a hive of seedy behaviour.

As a landlocked country, we don’t have a beach therefore the idea of people partying in beach garb is alien to most people, particularly traditional or rural folk who aren’t accustomed such things. I think contention emanates from the dress-code. I’ve been to beaches and often go swimming at local lodges and hotels. You can’t swim or hang around the pool in say, your jeans. Re tlhola re ntsha dirope, megodu, metlhagasedi le mekwatla. It’s OK for that environment...

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