A city in Swaziland, a small landlocked country between South Africa and Mozambique, has decided to fine lovers who kiss fiercely in public, a behavior deemed “indecent”. They will risk 120 emalangeni (9 euros) as fine, has explained today Mzwandile Ndzinisa, the secretary of the town hall of Siteki, this little city located in the East of the Kingdom. But people could always kiss children, he has precised. “what is done in private must be done in private, not in public”, has underlined the local finance manager Sthembile Simelane.
According to Thembi Mdlovu, an inhabitant of Siteki, “kissing in public is not tolerated in our culture”. She also adds that she does not dare kiss her teenage son on the cheek.