UK, Australia issue travel advisories in light of xenophobia attacks


The Australian High Commission is one of several that has issued a travel advisory for South Africa.

This is following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.

“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the high level of serious crime. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times,” the commission said.


“There have been reports of race-related violence in the villages of Kwa Mushu and Umlazi in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and in the central business districts of Durban and Johannesburg.”

(READ MORE: Obama warned S.Africa to address underlining causes of xenophobia last year)

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office also issued an advisory, citing the reports of localised disturbances and violence in the aforementioned areas.

“Monitor local media for more information and avoid affected areas,” it added.

South Africa deployed the army on Tuesday in “volatile areas” to curb a wave of anti-immigrant violence.

(READ MORE: S.Africa to deploy army to curb xenophobic violence)