Zimbabwe bans second-hand underwear sales

Published: 09th January 2012

Zimbabwe bans second-hand underwear sales
People living in Zimbabwe may have to fork out more money to buy fashion essentials after a new law came into effect.

The Independent News Day newspaper reports that the country has banned the sale of second-hand underwear, making it illegal to import or sell used knickers and boxers.

All imports of second-hand undergarments of any kind are now prohibited of being bought, donated or procured in any manner.

Finance minister Tendai Biti has introduced the law, after claiming he was shocked to discover that Zimbabweans were frequently buying their underwear from flea markets.

"How does that happen? If you are a husband and you see your wife buying underwear from the flea market, you would have failed," Mr Biti told reporters.

Undergarments are commonly purchased from markets or donated from developed countries around the world, however any now imported will either be banned or face hefty taxes.

Local media have claimed that this legislation will address health concerns and help protect the country's domestic textiles industry.

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