1.In South Africa, it is illegal for children and teens under the age of 16 to show public displays of affection. When the law came out in 2008, thousands of South African teenagers protested, posting online photos of themselves breaking this law. The Sexual Offences Act has a clause that makes children under 16 liable to be criminally charged if they are caught kissing or touching one another. Over 20,000 teens pledged to continue this protest until the law was abolished.
2. In South Africa, if an unmarried woman has a child, she automatically assumes all rights and responsibilities for that child. The same is not true for unmarried men. If an unmarried man has a child, he only takes responsibility for the child if he consents to it, or was in a domestic partnership with the mother at the time of birth.
3. Due to the heavy traffic in South Africa, a recent law makes it illegal for vehicles weighing more than 9,000 kilograms (nearly 20,000 pounds) to be on the roads during rush hour. Specifically, heavy vehicles cannot be on the roads between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., or between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
4. If you are ever driving in South Africa and a herder and his cattle want to cross the road, you must yield to them. Herders have the right of way on the road, says Ingenie.ca. There is a limit to the rule, though. The animals must be donkeys, goats, pigs, ostriches, mules or horses.
5. In South Africa, any person who owns a TV that receives a broadcast signal must pay for a TV license. People can own a TV without a license, but they must have their signal disconnected and pay inspection fees to prove they’ve done so.