Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (February 8, 2019)

Location:  Johannesburg, South Africa 

Event:  Protest Action at Tertiary Education Campuses.  Student protests are ongoing at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and may continue.  Protests have involved property damage and violence, and rubber bullets and tear gas were fired during a February 6 protest at UJ.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.


  • United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
    (Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
    877 Pretorius Street
    Arcadia, Pretoria
    Tel: 012-431-4000 (outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)
  • United States Consulate General, Johannesburg
    (Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
    1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
    Sandhurst, Johannesburg
    Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
    After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)