Planned Demonstrations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on December 16, 2015

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations planned for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at noon.  The demonstrations are organized by a variety of local non-governmental organizations to protest corruption in government.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in the vicinity of the demonstrations.

Johannesburg: Demonstrators will gather at 10:00 am at the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Demonstrators requested a permit for 2,000 participants.

Pretoria: Demonstrators will gather at 10:00 am at the corner of Francis Baard Street and Johan Street (Pretoria Art Museum) and the Union Buildings. No information about permits or the projected number of demonstrators is available at this time.

Port Elizabeth: Demonstrators will gather at 10:00 am at the corner of Holland Street and Govan Mbeki Avenue. No information about permits or the projected number of demonstrators is available at this time.

Cape Town: Demonstrators will gather at 10:00 a.m. at Parliament and the Company Gardens at 19 Queen Victoria Street. A permit has been issued by the City of Cape Town for 1,000 participants.

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 Corruption Watch website and Facebook page and monitor local media sources. 

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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)
https://za.usembassy.gov/

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
ACSJohannesburg@state.gov
Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)
https://za.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/johannesburg/

United States Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Delta Towers, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street
ConsularDurban@state.gov
Tel: 031-305-7600 (outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445 (outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)
https://za.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/durban/

United States Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
ConsularCapeTown@state.gov
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)
https://za.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/capetown/