U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
September 27, 2012
Protesters Blocking the Motorway and Throwing Petrol Bombs at Cars at
the R21/R24 Split near OR Tambo International Airport
The Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that protesters are blocking
the motorway and throwing petrol bombs at cars on the motorway at the
R21/R24 split near OR Tambo Airport. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid
the R21 OR Tambo Highway. Trucks are reported being burned. South
African Police Service officers are on the scene.
U.S. citizens are reminded to remain alert and take appropriate
precautions. We encourage you to monitor local media for updates on
traffic disruptions, roadblocks, and potential protests. Keep in mind
toll plazas can become congested because of delays caused by strikes. It
is prudent to plan alternate routes.
U.S. citizens in South Africa should avoid demonstrations. Spontaneous
and/or planned demonstrations occur regularly in South Africa. U.S.
citizens are reminded that protests intended to be peaceful can turn
confrontational and may escalate into violence. As always, U.S. citizens
are advised to be aware of their surroundings and to monitor local media.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the website of
the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.