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On July 13, US Mission South Africa issued a Security Alert recommending that U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential travel within areas affected by blockages, increased violence, vandalism and criminal activity
Event: Civil unrest and protests continue throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province and Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Following reports of blockages on many provincial and municipal transit routes, increased violence, vandalism, and criminal activity at commercial centers, and calls for calm by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the U.S. Mission to South Africa recommends avoiding all non-essential movement within affected areas. Exercise heightened caution in commercial areas where looting and violence can and has occurred suddenly. The situation throughout many areas of these provinces is unstable and authorities are not able to respond to all events.
The U.S. Consulate General Durban is available for emergency services only. The U.S. Consulates General in Johannesburg and Cape Town are operating as normal.
There is currently a “Level 4-Do Not Travel” Advisory for South Africa due to COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions. The advisory also advised U.S. citizens to “Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest. “
The advisory dated July 6, 2021 was “Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information and “If you decide to Travel.”
US Mission South Africa is currently headed by Chargé d’Affaires Todd P. Haskell who joined Mission South Africa as the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in March 2021. Ambassador Haskell previously served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Congo from July 2017 until January 2021. He is a 35-year career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor.
Ambassador Haskell’s second in command is Heather Merritt who was “chosen by the Department of State to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Mission to South Africa, effective April 16, 2021.” According to her official bio, she arrived in South Africa on August 28, 2020 as the U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg.
#SouthAfrica: Civil unrest continues throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province and in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Reports of increased violence, vandalism, and criminal activity. The US Embassy recommends avoiding all non-essential movement within affected areas. https://t.co/pHKRzyWj7J pic.twitter.com/GHsaaQt0zz
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) July 13, 2021
Days of riots and looting in South Africa have left more than 70 people dead, hurt thousands of businesses and damaged major infrastructure in some of the worst civil unrest since the end of white minority rule in 1994.
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 14, 2021
#UPDATE South African police found 10 people dead late Monday after a stampede occurred during a looting spree in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, a provincial government official said
📸 South African soldiers patrol the looted Diepkloof Square area of Soweto pic.twitter.com/Rkt5AKAYxH
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 13, 2021
Six people have been killed and 219 arrested during rioting in South Africa that broke out after the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, police say. The violence began last week when Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. https://t.co/ocBCCXTpES
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 12, 2021
A recent surge in deadly violence continues in #SouthAfrica with unrest fueled not only by the arrest of former president #JacobZuma but also high unemployment and years of economic hardship 📸: @jamesoatway pic.twitter.com/zx27iw2dKE
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) July 14, 2021
- Security Alert: Civil unrest and protests continue throughout KwaZulu-Natal Province and Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng Province (13 July, 2021)
- Security Alert: Unrest and protest are expected today throughout KwaZulu Natal and in Durban’s central business district (12 July, 2021)
- Protest Alert: Ongoing protest in the Johannesburg Central Business District (12 July, 2021)
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