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Most Bizarre Laws in Africa

Like Latin America, Africa has some of the most dumb laws in the world. Here are some of the most bizarre laws around Africa.

South Africa

It is against the law to purchase a television, without obtaining a license beforehand, in South Africa.
Until 1993, when a marriage couple divorced in South Africa, the father was automatically given full custody rights of their children.
In some parts of South Africa, women can not own their own land, and only can have access to land ownership through their husband.
In South Africa, it is against the law for anyone under the age of 16 to take part in a public display of affection.
Bear wrestling is illegal in South Africa.
In many parts of South Africa, a husband can forbid his wife from working outside of the home.
In some parts of South Africa, women can only own land that belonged to their recently deceased husband, if they had a son during their marriage.
Herders in South Africa have the right of way, as long as the animals they need to help cross the road are horses, mules, donkeys, goats, pigs or ostrich.
In many parts of South Africa, for a woman to open a bank account or receive a bank loan, the bank must obtain permission from her husband beforehand.
During apartheid, people “of color” were legally required to be indoors by 9 PM, in South Africa.

Chad

It is against the law to take photographs in the country of Chad, unless a permit has been obtained beforehand.
Although homosexuality is not a crime in the country of Chad, it is legal for officers of the law to discriminate against homosexuals, based solely on their sexual orientation.

Sudan

In Sudan, if you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, the government only provides you with lodging. Food and all other necessities, are not provided.
In Sudan, it is against the law to insult Islam, in any manner.
It is against the law for men and women to sit together, without a chaperone, in Sudan.
In Sudan, if you help someone that was injured in an accident, and they die while you are trying to help them, you can be charged and legally are partially responsible for their death.
Women are legally required to have their hair covered at all times, in Sudan.
Women are legally required to wear dresses at all times, in Sudan.
In Sudan, women can be publicly whipped for being the victim of rape.
It is against the law to name an inanimate object, after any Islam figure, in Sudan.

Kenya

It is illegal to make a rude gesture in public, in Kenya.
It is against the law to swear in public in Kenya.
It is against the law to walk around with no money, in Kenya.

Ghana

In Ghana, there are laws that govern how many movies an actor can be in, over a set period of time.

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