Security Alert – U. S. Mission to South Africa

Location: South Africa

Event: On May 8, 2019, South Africa will hold national and provincial elections. Tensions may be heightened during campaign and election periods. Protest marches and demonstrations can occur anywhere in South Africa, sometimes at short notice, causing disruptions to traffic and public transportation, and with the potential to become violent.

May 8 is a national holiday, so all U.S. Mission to South Africa offices will be closed.

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.