By Kaya 959 Entertainment
Unisex public bathrooms are slowly becoming the norm around the world, but one person who is against the idea is actress Zenande Mfenyana.
‘The Queen’ star took to Twitter to share her thoughts on men and women sharing public bathrooms.
“What do you think of public unisex loo’s? Yay or nay? For me, it’s a nay, I can’t reconcile in my mind bumping into guys in the loo,” she tweeted.
The actress shared one of her bad experiences with gender-neutral bathrooms.
“The guy who went in before me peed all over the seat. I turned back so quickly.”
What do you think of public unisex loo’s? Yay or nay? For me, it’s a nay, I can’t reconcile in my mind bumping into guys in the loo. Like today, the guy who went in before me pee’d all over the seat 🤢 i turned back so quickly
— Zenande Mfenyana (@Zenande_Mcfen) May 16, 2021
Zenande’s followers has mixed reactions on whether unisex bathrooms are a good idea.
“Not in South Africa’s rape capital of the world climate,” one woman commented.
Not in South Africa's rape capital of the world climate
— recoilingthyself (@recoiling__) May 16, 2021
Another woman gave the idea a big nay.
“Nay!!! There’s a lot of sickos out there… NAY!!! does the name Nicolas Ninow ring a bell? NAY!!!”
Nay!!! There’s a lot of sickos out there… NAY!!! does the name Nicolas Ninow ring a bell? NAY!!!
— BUA HELA (@puophaaa) May 17, 2021
But some say they have no problem sharing a toilet with the opposite sex, comparing it to families using the same bathroom at home.
“How do you handle it at home when you have visitors, or you have female and male toilets at home?”
I said “public” tho 😏 my family are not strangers
— Zenande Mfenyana (@Zenande_Mcfen) May 17, 2021
One woman says she has no problem using the same toilet, and actually prefers using the men’s toilet.
“Men’s toilets are usually clean and empty. I’m also guilty of using them shame.”
Men's toilets are usually clean and empty. I'm also guilty of using them shame.
— Sis'Mpumeh (@MpumeleloMbense) May 16, 2021
Bonginkosi Madikizela’s call for unisex toilets
Former DA leader in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, made headlines in January 2020 when he proposed that Cape Town International Airport introduce unisex bathrooms.
“I find it backwards, discriminating and stereotyping that just because you are a male, you must be searched by a male. If you are a female, you must searched by a female at the airport, what about members of LGBTQI+? I’m gonna challenge this. We must also do away with male and female toilets, we must have unisex toilets,’ he wrote on Facebook.
One Facebook user insisted it was a bad idea “in a country full of sex offenders, predators and pedophiles”.
But Bonginkosi replied that “they are less likely to do it in unisex toilets. They thrive in areas of exclusivity’.