Glenda Kemp: From controversial stripper to devout Christian

David Capel meets the legendary stripper who has just turned 70 and is living a quiet seaside life far from the sinuous rhythm of her youth

09 June 2019 - 00:00 By David Capel

At a time when many South Africans were being persecuted for opposing apartheid in the 1970s, a young white Afrikaner woman was also being harassed, arrested and intimidated. She was targeted not for her political views but because she took her clothes off in public.

In her own way, Glenda Kemp was a trailblazer who gave the middle finger to a right-wing, conservative government. She became one of the biggest newsmakers of the '70s, famous for her devil-may-care attitude and her provocative dance routines, performed with a succession of pythons called Oupa...

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