Date
20 September 2017
At least six people have died since anti-immigrant riots broke out in South Africa last month. Photo: Reuters
At least six people have died since anti-immigrant riots broke out in South Africa last month. Photo: Reuters

HK govt issues travel alert for South Africa

The Hong Kong government has issued an amber outbound travel alert for South Africa in the wake of a recent wave of xenophobic violence there.

A government spokesman said Hong Kong residents who intend to visit the country or are ready to go there should monitor the situation, exercise caution, attend to personal safety and avoid protests and large gathering of people.

The Hong Kong Security Bureau said it will continue to closely monitor the situation in the country.

Under the three-color outbound travel alert system, black is the highest level, red the middle and amber the lowest.

High unemployment, policy failures and local leaders fanning the flames have contributed to a spike in anti-immigrant violence not seen since 2008.

Locals are accusing immigrant workers for stealing their jobs.

Officials in the South African government have been sloganeering and making xenophobic remarks through the media and social networks.

The anti-immigrant violence has been in specific areas of Johannesburg and Durban.

At least six people have died, and shops have been looted and destroyed.

Many foreigners have been forced to flee for their own safety.

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