Federal government issues travel advisory against South Africa due to ‘violent crime’

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A view of Cape Town from the summit of Lion’s Head on January 6, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • The US Department of State has published advice for travelers on South Africa on December 23.
  • Violent crimes – including sexual assault and armed robbery – are “common,” according to the department. website.
  • Demonstrations, protests and strikes are common and can become violent. Parts of South Africa are experiencing extreme drought, with limited water supplies.
  • Many other countries are subject to the same level two travel advisories, including Italy, Mexico, Denmark and other countries.
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The US Department of State has published advice for travelers on South Africa on December 23.

Violent crimes – including sexual assault and armed robbery – are “common” in this country of 56 million people, according to the ministry. website complaints.

“Violent crimes, such as armed robberies, rapes, carjackings, assaults, and vehicle break-ins, are common,” the State Department wrote in the statement. “There is a higher risk of violent crime in townships and central business districts of major cities after dark.”

The State Department noted frequent demonstrations, protests and strikes, which have the potential to turn violent. In late November, around 1,500 residents of Darling, South Africa, near Cape Town, protested against housing problems, according to local media. Nine were arrested for allegedly throwing stones at police and burning tires.

Parts of South Africa are experiencing extreme drought, with limited water supplies. A drought lasting several years affected areas in South Africaand a severe drought almost deprived Cape Town of all its water at the end of last year.

Many other countries are subject to the same level two travel advisories, including Italy, Mexico, Denmark and other countries.

According to the Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Cape Town’s murder rate ranked 11th in the world in 2018. Durban, South Africa’s third largest city, ranked 47th. Johannesburg was not on the list of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world.

Several American cities were on the list. St. Louis, Missouri ranks 15th in murders per capita, while Detroit, Michigan ranks 46th and New Orleans, Louisiana ranks 50th.

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