The authorities in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, have said all beaches in the city will be closed between 19:00 and 05:00 local time in order to combat crime.
Increasing acts of violence – including rapes and murder, especially at night and often on beaches – have prompted the measure.
Leonel Matsumane, the municipal director of tourism, said that permission would have to be obtained before anyone could hold activities on the beachfront during the evening.
The Costa do Sol beach – a popular venue for parties and sporting activities, will have a dedicated police post to ensure that people complied with the order, he added.
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