High terror threat alert not advising against travel to SA – UK

2016-06-06 14:46 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The British High Commissioner says its priority is to ensure the safety of its British Nationals but no way means people should avoid travel to South Africa. 

"The safety of British nationals is our top priority and we keep our travel advice under continuous review,” Isabel Potgieter spokesperson for British High Commission told Traveller24.  

"The UK has not issued a terror alert. We revised our travel advice for South Africa on 20 May and again over the weekend on the back of the US message." 

"This makes it clear that there is a high threat from terrorism in South Africa. It was then updated on the 4 June, with some more specifics. We do not advise against travel to any part of South Africa,"   

The UK government said on its website, "There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town. There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time." 

“We advise all British nationals planning to travel to South Africa to read our travel advice and subscribe to email alerts for future updates,” Potgieter said.

The US issued a terror alert for South Africa over the weekend, warning of "terror attacks by Islamic militants on Americans in South Africa".

Clayson Manyela, International Relations spokesperson has hit out at the US embassy on Twitter, saying its terror alerts caused "panic". 

US Embassy spokesperson Cynthia Harvey says, "Protection of US citizens overseas is among our top priorities. When we receive specific, credible, non-counterable threat information, it is our worldwide policy for US embassies and consulates to share the information. We are co-operating with local authorities, as we do in any investigation into terrorist threats around the world." Read the twar over the alert as reported by News24 here


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