Strip club pays Semenya R20,000 over 'gender testing' billboard row

Submitted by ATAF Editor on 1 October 2009 - 1:05pm

A local strip club in Johannesburg is to pay World 800m champion Caster Semenya R20,000 [2,664 USD] because of a row over the club's 'gender testing' billboard.

Teazers owner Lolly Jackson told the Johannesburg Star newspaper: "The problem with the entire situation is someone innocent has been drawn in, and therefore, just like we reward our athletes, we would like Caster to enjoy her success rather than the negativity that has followed her.

"Ultimately she brought home gold, and if it was not for mismanagement, would not be embroiled in this saga."

Teazers currently had a billboard in Rivonia Road in Sandton which shows an almost naked woman lying suggestively on her back, with "No need for Gender Testing!" written below her.

Complaints about it were made to the country's Advertising Standards Authority by Athletics South Africa (ASA).

Jackson insisted that the advertisement was "never produced with Caster in mind" and the money was not a guilty payment.

Jackson said: "It has nothing to do with Semenya. It was also never intended to have any reference to Semenya.

"Long before all of that, I'd started thinking about the ad. It just turned out completely different, because the people high up in Athletics South Africa (ASA) lied to the country.

"That was when everything was taken way out of proportion," he added.