Planned Demonstration by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. in Johannesburg. The demonstration is organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to protest corruption. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants. Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in the vicinity of the demonstration. 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, protests, or demonstrations. For the latest information on the demonstrations, please consult the EFF website and monitor local media sources.

March Route: According the plan filed by the EFF, participants will gather at Mary Fitzgerald Square at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. they will proceed to the South African Reserve Bank, situated at the corners of Ntemi Piliso Street and Pritchard Street. They will then proceed south to Marshall Street and to the South African Chamber of Mines, at the corners of Marshall and Sauer Streets. From there they will continue to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton. They will proceed to Oxford Road via Rissik, Hoofd and Joubert Streets. They will continue north along Oxford Road, which becomes Rivonia Road, into Sandton’s Central Business District. They will pass by the U.S. Consulate General and continue to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange at the corners of Rivonia Road and Maude Street. The participants are expected to disperse at about 4:00 p.m.

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United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
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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)

United States Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Delta Towers, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street
Tel: 031-305-7600 (outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445 (outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)

United States Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)