23 February 2018
Review of the travel advice issued by the UK government on terrorism in South Africa
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has written to the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), through the UK High Commission in Pretoria, requesting that the Travel Advice on South Africa, updated on 19 February 2018, be reviewed.
The Department is concerned at the removal of the sentence that “there have been no terrorist attacks in South Africa in recent years”, which had appeared in previous iterations of the Travel Advice, and that a new sentence has been added to the Travel Advice that is linked to the issue of terrorism that reads: “In February 2018 two individuals (dual SA-UK nationals) were kidnapped in Kwa-Zulu Natal province”.
The said kidnapping has not been proven to be linked to terrorism. The linkage that has been created by the Travel Advice is therefore viewed as premature. The isolated threats of terrorism that have been experienced in South Africa have been effectively and promptly dealt with.
Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
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