Ban the boogie: South Sudan's capital shuts nightclubs

Saturday May 11 2019


Revellers enjoy themselves at a club. South Sudan is set to ban all clubs in the capital Juba due to "immoral acts". PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NMG 

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South Sudan's capital Juba will ban all clubs and limit bar hours due to alleged "immoral acts" taking place in night spots, the presidency said Saturday.

"Jubek state government has banned all the night clubs, bars and night music shows in Juba city," read a statement from the presidency.

The governor of Juba, Augustino Jadalla Wani, said in a video posted on Facebook that while nightclubs would be shut, bars would have their hours limited to early evening, and would be forbidden from operating during the day.

"Discos we ban it totally because what is happening there is really very dangerous for the future of this country," he said, adding that girls as young as 13-years old frequented these clubs.

"We are serious and we are going to make sure discos are not working in this country."

In addition, he said the capital would make it obligatory for couples checking into hotels to produce a marriage certificate.

South Sudan is in its sixth year of civil war, with fighting largely halted since a September peace deal.