Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies and Protests in Vicinity of South African Parliament, Cape Town on February 7-9, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Consulate General Cape Town 

The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a number of political rallies and demonstrations are expected to take place in Cape Town in conjunction with the opening of the South African Parliament between February 7 – 9, 2017.


  • RIGHT TO KNOW will picket in front of Parliament between the hours 09h00 – 11h00; 100 persons will attend.
  • South African Communist Party (SACP) will protest in front of Parliament between the hours 12h00 – 14h00; 100 persons will attend.


  • South African Faith Communities Environment Institute will protest at Parliament between the hours 07h00 – 09h00; 50 persons will attend.
  • South African First Forum will protest on the corner of ADDERLEY and WALE Streets next to the Parliament Gardens between the hours 10h00 – 11h00; 150 persons will attend.
  • Economic Justice  Network will be protesting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the Speakers Corner located in Heerengracht Street Opposite the Coen Steytler Roundabout between the hours 11h30 – 14h00; 200 people will attend.


  • ANC Rally on the Grand Parade – 14h00 onwards; 10,000 people are expected to attend.
  • South African Unintegrated Forces United Front will also hold a protest on the Grand Parade between the hours 17h00 – 21h00; 100 persons will attend.

Serious traffic disruptions are expected in vicinity of Parliament (an area roughly bordered by the M3, Buitenkant, Strand, and Buitengracht streets) on each of these days.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations; maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment; stay alert; be aware of your surroundings at all times, and stay abreast of ongoing events through local media outlets.

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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United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Arcadia, Pretoria

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)