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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Pretoria (South Africa), Demonstration on Wednesday, August 16

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The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria encourages all U.S. citizens to avoid the Central Business District (CBD) of Pretoria today, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, due to demonstrations organized by taxi drivers.  The U.S. Embassy is aware of unconfirmed reports of violence against other taxis and allegations of violence against civilians in the CBD.  Taxi drivers are also reported to have blocked roads in Pretoria East.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and U.S. Consulate Generals in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are located at the addresses below. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria does not have a consular section and does not provide consular services to U.S. citizens.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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