US consulate urges citizens to exercise caution during SONA


US consulate urges citizens to exercise caution during SONA

TMG Digital | 2017-02-08 15:23:45.0

Houses of Parliament, Cape Town. File photo.

Image by: Maryann Shaw/Gallo Images

The US Consulate General has warned its citizens to avoid protests and gatherings that could turn violent during the State of the Nation address in Cape Town.

A security advisory directed at US citizens said that a number of political rallies and demonstrations were expected to take place in conjunction with the opening of Parliament.

“US citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations; maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment; stay alert; be aware of your surroundings at all times‚ and stay abreast of ongoing events through local media outlets‚” said the advisory.

Events flagged for Thursday include an ANC rally on the Grand Parade from 2pm which an estimated 10‚000 people were expected to attend.

The South African Unintegrated Forces United Front were scheduled to hold a protest on the Grand Parade involving about 100 people at the same time.

And “serious traffic disruptions are expected in (the) vicinity of Parliament”‚ said the advisory.

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