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Legal Matters

  • Key areas to watch out for are traffic offences such as speeding and drink driving, and drug use and possession.
  • Despite a relatively open drug culture, use and possession are illegal: arrests happen and penalties are stiff.
  • South Africans may complain about police corruption and claim to have bribed police officers, but offering bribes is not recommended.
  • If you get arrested in South Africa, you have the following rights: to remain silent; to be released on bail or warning, unless there's a good reason to keep you in jail; to a lawyer; and to food and decent conditions.