Postpone trips to UK - SA govt

2011-08-10 13:02

Johannesburg - South Africans planning to travel to London should postpone their trips, the international relations and co-operation department said on Wednesday, amid violent riots which have gripped the British capital.

"Given the prevailing conditions in that country, we advise South Africans who can delay or postpone their trips to consider doing so," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The South African High Commission in Britain is also ready to assist South Africans who require assistance in that country.

"Government continues to monitor the situation and developments in the UK," Monyela said.

The riots, described as the worst in decades, entered a fifth day on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard said 768 people have been arrested and 111 police officers have been injured so far, according to AFP.

Those needing assistance can contact the department's consular section for information and updates on 012 351 1000.

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  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-10 13:05

    Help! Someone help me up off the floor. I've fallen off my chair from laughing!!!!!

      Gomez - 2011-08-10 13:07

      I want to help you but cant stop laughing myself!!

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-10 13:08

      OK I'm up now. Are the ANC government also warning the British not to come to SA where 50 murders per day are committed, and a rape every 8 seconds?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:09

      SA saying UK is dangerous - talk about the pot calling the kettle black... but yeah I also laughed at that one... classic!

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-10 13:10

      Gomez - Thanks! Can you just believe the cheek of it?

      Pictureof - 2011-08-10 13:10

      rofl, thinking the exact same thing, I do not recall any such advice from this dept. re Libya, Zimbabwe etc.

      kupidaandmopida - 2011-08-10 13:10

      LMFAO..... nice to be on the other side of the fence for a change!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:12

      @ Mohammed - I should probably take insult to that as a Brit (and teetotal) - sadly, you're spot on. The typical UK shopping list has alcohol, cigarettes, and as an afterthought, food...

      Concerned - 2011-08-10 13:13

      They should now release a statement saying SA is willing and ready to takeover the staging of the Olympics next year

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-10 13:15

      "Postpone trips to UK" because you'll just think you're in South Africa.

      Tantrum - 2011-08-10 13:16

      There is no difference between London with its riots and SA during "strike season" I will actually feel at home there ...

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-08-10 13:26

      Government is warning its citizens and not the world. South Africa is a country and not Africa.

      Heronakamura - 2011-08-10 13:28

      This statement is unbelievable even for me Lol.

      McDaNife - 2011-08-10 13:29

      Given the circumstances SA government is right. You wanna take a chance go ahead my china, its not always greener on the other side.

      londonishome - 2011-08-10 13:30

      @ MO, you want a drink?

      Tolerant - 2011-08-10 13:33

      I think Lybia is probably safer than SA. Iraq and Afghanistan also safer.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:37

      @ Tantrum - "there is no difference between London with its riots and SA during "strike season" I will actually feel at home there ... " I understand your pain but be fair - the SA strikers (k-k be upon them) don't torch buildings, loot and commit murder...

      Ross - 2011-08-10 13:39

      "Fallen off my chair....." My friend, I shat myself laughing!!!!!!

      Tantrum - 2011-08-10 13:54

      @Matt - did you drive through JHB central during the pick-it-up strike? Did you hear about the truck drivers being shot at during the fuel strike? Did you see the trucks burning in JHB CBD during the transport union strike - catch a wake-up boet

      Komasa - 2011-08-10 13:58

      @Carl Your drivel is 'slightly' exaggerated.

      Met - 2011-08-10 14:17

      If ever there was gamesmanship, even very badly, it is this "press release" Why dont they say how many women, children and old people in SA have brutally been murdered, in the five days they have had riots in the UK

      biskit - 2011-08-10 14:32

      Britains Got Talent!

      Pieter - 2011-08-10 15:52

      @Carl @Matt - I would much rather go and stand in the middle of a riot in the UK than come within 200 metres of a taxi strike in Joburg. I was there with the taxi strikes and I am here with the "riots". The difference is that here the main target is property, whereas the parts of the strike I saw when I was in Joburg, the targets were generally people.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-08-10 16:31

      Now I'm the one falling off my chair XD

      Little Jim - 2011-08-10 16:50


      Pieter - 2011-08-10 17:23

      @Matt - I was also once as naive as you are right now - until I had several family members directly affected by crime. A shopkeeper was doused with paraffin and set alight in Polokwane and people are seriously concerned about their safety in the UK? Give me a break! Not even the worst of the violence in the UK comes close to that.

      Carl - 2011-08-10 17:30

      @Matt. I agree with you for labour doing a mess of the UK just like the ANC have and are doing in SA. From your comments it is clearly that you have a grudge against your country so your comments are biased on personal experience and not on the daily reality.Whilst SA problems are world known you insist on taking your revenge which no one here are interested. Let us look at the facts. The police are on the airport because of terrorism here in the UK may they be Muslim or not. As to who checks the baggage you seem to have the naive outlook on this matter. I went several times and so many others and they are strict,very strict and I talk from experience as one who travels on business. Amazes me how unlucky you were with no means to feed your family with so many opportunities to help and suddendly you can afford to travel to SA and get a job. I can get a job a a packer from several agencies and I live in a small town.With a one sided view I do very much doubt you know your country that well whilst I as a SA know how to get a job much quicker than you. I know both countries well having family and friends in both.As to expats you are living in fantasy land. Many Safas are more than happy to be here. I get involved in many of the clubs and every week we meet new people who came from SA.At this rate with your fantasy island you are going to be the only one left in SA. Even black people are leaving as well.I meet a former ANC supporter who is dissapointed with the new SA.

      TC - 2011-08-10 17:35

      OMG! Oh my, I am so scared now! How can I possibly go down the pub tonight. Yawn, mines a pint mate.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-10 20:02

      I know.. its such a joke. The poms can't conrol a bunch of kids... they don't even want to fire rubber bullets for fear of injuring the little darlings (who would kick your head in if they had half a chance). Its really funny.. they bred this. Take a good long, hard look SA. This is a welfare state - this is what that sense of entitlement is on steroids!

      john - 2011-08-10 21:14

      In other news, the ANC has stated its intention to raise the issue of "rampant nepotism, tenderpreneurship and corruption" in the British government at the next UN Security Council meeting. "We are monitoring the situation closely and are making arrangements to assist South African expats in the UK who feel that their tax monies are not being used in a responsible, transparent and accountable manner," said an ANC spokesperson.

      Ollie - 2011-08-11 10:30

      Thus was so funny - coming from the calm and no crime SA LOL

      Ayoba - 2011-08-11 12:04

      Most dangerous places to visit. Libya, UK, Syria and Bahrain.

  • Andy Carrol - 2011-08-10 13:07

    It feels good to say that about another country instead of having is said about us.

      kupidaandmopida - 2011-08-10 13:11

      Amen to that!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-10 13:23

      East London is still OK to visit...

      onetickie - 2011-08-10 13:47

      The world is bored with hearing about crime, murder, rape, corruption in SA but it still goes on you know. The West is sick of African countries inability to govern effectly. There are riots in the UK but at least the people in power have not RAPED the coffers for their own gains.

      Carl - 2011-08-10 13:50

      @Andy. The only difference is that this issue will be solved soon whilst SA will still continue to have a criminal reputation of a 3rd world country. Maybe the UK police can show the SA police how things are done........

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-08-10 16:39

      @onetickie tell that to the people who lost their jobs, pensions and homes due to Wall Street fraud

  • grootdors - 2011-08-10 13:07

    Good one.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-08-10 13:09

    LOL, I knew we had comedians in our government, but this one (Clayson Monyela) is really talented!

  • Leeb123 - 2011-08-10 13:10

    OH PLEASE!!!

  • Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:10

    My fellow expats, living in SA while holding UK passports "just in case"... hahaha what now? (btw yeah I have a UK passport as I'm from there but would never go back)

      jowza - 2011-08-10 13:41

      Carl - 2011-08-10 13:52

      @Matt. We have enough of your kind here looting.....Lol!!

      LeDuke - 2011-08-10 20:27

      AAH hehe im a saffa working in london and the riots are close to where i stay Hackney about a 1km awaythe police just stand there and watch the little buggers (thats right they are young kids) looting as they do not have the powers to arrest kids even if they throw bricks at the police its laughable at what children get away with in this country children here are the most arrogant obnoxious full of themselves little @*%$ you get my drift even parents are prevented from disciplining their children properly as the liberal thinking here is so farcilcal.

  • Eland Eland - 2011-08-10 13:11

    UK has now successfully joined Zimbabwe, Libya and Syria on human rights violation. all of them must be lumped together and be condemned as equal partners in human rights violations. The UN Security Council must urgently take decisive steps against Britain for gross violation and repression of human rights! Nato and allies must start with aerial bombardment of London?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:14


      Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-10 13:18

      Do you mean that the rioters are violating the average UK citizen's rights? Well I agree. Kill all those stupid rioters ASAP!!

      Thor - 2011-08-10 13:25

      What the f is going on in your head. Bring out the rubber bullets and shoot the little sh.ts

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:31

      @ Thor - I heard they've just started using plastic bullets

      LeDuke - 2011-08-10 20:34

      Eland they are not shooting the rioters here like in libia or syria so no human rights violations at all man they are so liberal here that a peodofile prisoner got a £70 000 payout because another prisoner punched him thus infringing on his human rights UTTERLY DISGUSTING!!!!!

      moiraine - 2011-08-11 19:12

      and the rioters in Libya and Syria were rioting BECAUSE of the human rights violations. I dont think that having to downgrade from buying one PS3 game a month instead of 2 because your benefits were cut actually qualifies as human rights violation.

  • Weisskopf - 2011-08-10 13:11


      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:14

      It could even rival anything said by Juju... that's a scary thought!

  • The lost Emperor - 2011-08-10 13:12

    Yes, ANC government - this is the typical reaction when the other countries look at SA when we have striking union members (and their non-union member non-working cohorts) ripping up the place. Can you see what SA looks like from the other side of the fence?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:29

      To be fair, the "pippol" don't set fire to buildings, loot and murder. Just saying :-)

      The lost Emperor - 2011-08-10 14:09

      Not usually. They just burn down train stations because the trains are late.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-10 15:20

      They did set fire to councillors home in nGauteng as they did not like pre paid electricity meters and increases.

      onetickie - 2011-08-11 11:12

      @Matt. You really don't make sense. If you are implying the pippol don't set fire to buildings, loot & murder are the SA rioting pippol then you're sadly mistaken. Have you ever bothered to go and SEE just what the strikers in SA leave in their wake? They smash/trash anything they can get their hands on. They have set fire to buildings, cars, tyres. WAKE UP. And if I read you wrong, then maybe you could write more clearly = pls.

  • Angry Boris - 2011-08-10 13:12

    wth?? the cheek ot this government. people are being butchered in SA on a daily basis and the UK knows about it and advises their citizens not to come here they are being labeled as liars and the new favorite word "racists" who should not interfere in our business but now the UK has riots (also caused by immigrants from africa) by the and suddenly we mustn't go there because it is dangerous?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:15

      That's one LONG sentence... a full stop helps now and then you know :-)

      daaivark - 2011-08-10 13:16

      Boris. You are being obtuse. There seems to be ample evidence that these are not primarily "caused by immigrants from africa" - in fact quite the contrary. SO rant on by all means, but try to be close to the truth at least. I know it is hard for bigots, but give it a go.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:24

      To add to Daaivark - have a google to understand what Brits mean by "underclass". The nasty immigrants you refer to are hard-working rocket scientists + peacekeepers compared to the underclass.

      Angry Boris - 2011-08-10 13:39

      @daaivark? me a bigot? I am a realist.

      daaivark - 2011-08-10 13:45

      You've quite clearly never been to the UK. Or if you have, you have made sure you are in the upper-class areas. British thuggery has a history longer than that of colonial Africa.

      onetickie - 2011-08-10 13:51

      The UK riots are being caused by a pocket of mindless (as as so many SA's) criminals out to thieve, destroy (as in SA). What they can't have they want to take. They don't want to work, like many in SA. In both countries its about a lazy, uncontrolled bunch of thieving bastards. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE UK THEY WILL GET THE RETRIBUTION THEY DESERVE. IN SA THEY ARE REWARDED!!!

      onetickie - 2011-08-10 13:51

      The UK riots are being caused by a pocket of mindless (as as so many SA's) criminals out to thieve, destroy (as in SA). What they can't have they want to take. They don't want to work, like many in SA. In both countries its about a lazy, uncontrolled bunch of thieving bastards. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THE UK THEY WILL GET THE RETRIBUTION THEY DESERVE. IN SA THEY ARE REWARDED!!!

  • Pleurotus - 2011-08-10 13:12

    There is not exactly a civil war raging...

      Oddearring - 2011-08-10 13:38


  • shagrance - 2011-08-10 13:13

    Oh Gosh this is hillerious indeed

  • Ronel van Zyl - 2011-08-10 13:14

    What a JOKE!!!!!! People rather stay in lawless SA!!!!

  • Eugene - 2011-08-10 13:14

    This must be a first ever!! Hahahahaha

  • Gallows - 2011-08-10 13:15

    17 Days until I leave for the UK. Heaven and Earth will burn, and I will still go.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:28

      You'll be safe - it should be over by then. While you're there, stuff the rest, just go to Yorkshire, most beautiful part of the UK ;-) (yes I'm biased)

      Gallows - 2011-08-10 13:56

      Lol, I'll only be in London for about 3 days :P Rest of the time I'll be in Northern Ireland! Tis gonna be amazing.

      jowza - 2011-08-10 14:00

      watch out for the ira.enjoy your drinking

      winston.mullany - 2011-08-10 14:08

      Going end of the month myself, pity, might just miss out. Guess I'll have to leave the marshmallows behind:-)

      nick - 2011-08-10 14:16

      Contrary to what our government says, you can go today chum, and you'll be fine in London !!

      Janine - 2011-08-10 14:38

      @Matt - I'm a Yorkshire lover too - my late dad was born there. Beautiful part of Englands.

      ex-pat - 2011-08-11 11:11

      What stereotyping, jowza. The IRA leaves the general public alone, and hardly ever does anything any more. And the populace don't spend their time drinking. And their children are generally better disciplined, as Ulster women don't take any nonsense from anyone. Gallows, I hope the weather's improved by the time you improve! It's warm but wet. But who cares; it's lovely here anyway. Have to agree Yorkshire is neck and neck in the beauty race.

  • Mercenary - 2011-08-10 13:16

    Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!!!!!!!!!!!! Clayson is obviously oblivious to the state of safety in South-Africa. It is still safer than South-Africa you NUT!!!! USELESS!!!!!

  • StBad - 2011-08-10 13:17

    I feel terrible for saying this but I do feel slightly better about our current political and social climate in SA when hearing about lawlessness, thuggery and vandalism (typical third world syndromes) in a World power such as Britain. It feels as if SA politics took the long weekend off!

  • HowardX - 2011-08-10 13:19

    SA murder rate per 100 000 = 37 UK murder rate per 100 000 = 1 Enough said...

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:32

      UK has more violent crime (1.1-million vs SA's 700k) + car theft (about 5-6x more than SA)... just saying. I know this feels strange but I feel safer in SA than in UK. Go to a place like Stokes Croft in Bristol and you'll see why :-(

      Eugene - 2011-08-10 13:41

      And if it wasn't for these riots it would've been 1 per 1 000 000

      Carl - 2011-08-10 13:57

      @Matt. Do you make these figures as you go along or do you assume everyone but yourself are idiots and do not know the truth. SA beats many inc UK when it cames to crime. Stop insulting our intelligence.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 14:02

      @ Eugene - not true. There's plenty murder and horror stories in the UK that would make SA seem safe... like the one who was on a train - got raped, set on fire and thrown off a moving train... in England. As a child in Morley I remember police searching through our bins for clues for a child kidnap + murder (and no, we didn't do it, lol). And the pedophiles... man it's rife up there! UK, Holland, Belgium, absolutely rife!

      GS - 2011-08-10 14:54

      @Matt rather keep quiet, you making yourself sound realy stupid!! I live in London and even during the riots, it's safer than SA. Stats mean nothing taken out of context. One thing to remember is that in the UK the police do their jobs and are respected unlike SA. The police here investigated when my number plates were stolen and I got a written appology from them when they didn't find the culprit. They apologised not only for their faliure to find the culprit but also for their faliure to keep my property secure in the first place. This was for a set of number plates!!!! Just for good mesure, here are some more stats. As per Nationmaster - Assults per capita - SA is #1 in the world Rapes per capita - SA is #1 in the world Murders with Firearms - SA is #1 in the world

      Disappointed - 2011-08-10 15:08

      Thank you GS!! With stats like that who can blame us who have left SA?!? And for all those worrying about coming to the UK - don't be! It is fantastic!!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-10 20:06

      Matt - my love you need to get out of Bristol!

      ex-pat - 2011-08-11 11:12

      Matt, you're talking spherical objects and you know it.

  • Stinkhout - 2011-08-10 13:20

    I had to consult my calendar to check it is not April fools day. Apparently not so are they serious? Have they patented beetroot pills yet?

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-08-10 13:20

    ROFL. Even being caught in the middle of the riots would still be safer than any given day in SA.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-10 14:18

      @lab-rat. You're wrong. We don't need your crappy attitude in SA

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-10 14:40

      @ Daemos, I am living in the UK and I walked through Clapham Junction while the riots were taking place. I never felt endangered, the only thing I am sorry about is that I did not have a camera on me to photograph who the majority of the rioters were. These were young people using a riot to shop with a 100% discount and causing mayhem at the same time.

      ex-pat - 2011-08-11 11:14

      And in the photos I saw, about 90% of them were black.

  • Scorpion - 2011-08-10 13:20

    This a is pathetic comment. It's not a war zone here. Keep those warnings for people who visit SA. Your crime rate is one of the highetst in the world and SA is on a genocide watch.

  • MTRJ - 2011-08-10 13:20

    Ag we saffas would feel right at home! If some of those yobs want to rob a saffa, he will get a proper PK. Even from a old tannie! hehehehe

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:26

      Yes, and promptly after the PK the Saffa will be successfully sued for damages, and he/she can forget ever getting naturalised. That's the UK for you.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 14:06

      No idea why that got a thumbs down. It's true. The UK is so SKRIK about offending anyone, human rights, very often the criminals can do what they want but good honest people get treated like terrorists if they retaliate. As for naturalisation, many Saffas will live up there for 5 years to get a UK Passport but if you commit ONE crime you will NEVER get it. "Crime" includes breaking a window by accident by the way.

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-10 14:46

      @ Matt, you are sprouting a lot of BS. The law in the UK clearly states that one can defend one's property and family as well as anyone that is in danger of being hurt by another. The problem only comes in the clause of reasonable force. The real problem in the UK is the fact that the loony left and really stupid liberals have frightened the law abiding population into submission, and the police force has been rendered powerless because of these self same Liberals attacking them everytime they use force to apprehend a criminal. Just look at the reaction to the "Kettling" of students who destroyed property, threw petrol bombs and looted shops during the Tuition Fee protests.

  • Kale - 2011-08-10 13:22

    Yes stay in SA where you can be raped and murdered in your own homes. This has been a service announcement from the ANC. Excuse us while we get back to corruption.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-08-10 13:23

    Advice taken.

      ex-pat - 2011-08-11 11:15

      Not necessary, Kunta - you wouldn't be allowed in anyway.

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-10 13:23

    hhahahahhaha.... and all tourist should postpone travel indefinitely due to the violent situation in South Africa. ANC stop worrying about other countries and sort your one out!!

  • iareknersis - 2011-08-10 13:23

    No Mr minister, we south africans are used to this kind of behaviour, we put up with it on a regular basis. I would rather be in the Uk riots than in riots here. Thank you for the comic relief :P

  • Marcus - 2011-08-10 13:24

    Who cares about double faced people with dual identities, let them go to their countries of origin, that will create more space for SOUTH AFRICANS here...what happens to them when thney get there can not be our baby, let them go, all of them, they were not even accpeted when they arrived here in 1652, let them go...!!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:27

      @ Marcus - for someone so anti-settler, why do you have a Dutch name? (Marcus / Markus = Dutch version of Marc/Mark)

  • Gary - 2011-08-10 13:24

    Damn, this is pretty drastic. Worst stuff happens in SA on a daily basis and the brits don't update their Travel reports on South Africa. Talk about being a bit too enthusiastic.

  • boetman123 - 2011-08-10 13:27

    Three words: Pot, kettle and black.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:34

      Referring to anything as black in the UK is considered racist (no joke! See what happens when you ask for black coffee)... so what can the pot call the kettle? Ethnically diverse? LOL

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-10 14:49

      @Matt, I ask for Black coffee everyday at Starbucks in Wandsworth. If you hate the UK, fine, just stay where you are. I am sure you are just another complaining Labour supporter, which the UK was glad to get rid of.

      ex-pat - 2011-08-11 11:18

      Matt, you are perhaps a bit biased? The media in the UK states flatly what race criminals are, unlike SA, where they're described as having dark brown eyes and black curly hair.

  • Cliff - 2011-08-10 13:27

    pot and kettle?? what the f%$#

  • londonishome - 2011-08-10 13:29

    This is a joke thou, they went on a riot down the road from were I live and never ever felt in danger. I London is safe

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 13:39

      Oh boy... what about a place like Tottenham where you can park your car for 30 minutes and you'll return to find your mags gone

  • 40 Something - 2011-08-10 13:29

    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa - this is hilarious! Our "government" warning us. I seriously hope the riots end by October when I have a trip booked otherwise I will have to cancel - NOT!!!

  • Anon - 2011-08-10 13:31

    I live in London and there the situation is fine here - dont stop travel because of a bunch of looting teenagers - this is just scare mongering!!!!

  • Mark - 2011-08-10 13:34

    This is the most pathetic grandstanding ever. The SA government refused to assist people leaving Egypt some months back, and refused to acknowledge that there was even a problem in the middle east. Now that their 'Great Satan' colonizer has a few bouts of random riots, our foreign affairs takes a cheap shot. Pathetic.

  • semurai - 2011-08-10 13:34

    HA ha ha Where are those journalist from England and Australia who said South Africa cant host the World Cup because its unsafe? is it safe in London? for sure they will be the good hosts for the Olympics. All i could say is what goes around comes around now England its your turn Australia you are next.

      Levett - 2011-08-10 19:01

      You an idiot ... but surely you know it!

  • Rich - 2011-08-10 13:35

    What a joke--South Africa is the murder capitol of the world, over 50 murders per day !!! Going to the UK now with this trouble, is very safe for South Africans.

  • Peter - 2011-08-10 13:36

    Good one SA.....maybe post a letter there from us warning UK citizens not to come to SA as we have a higher murder/death rate than any country presently at war....

  • Zakhele - 2011-08-10 13:36

    Postone trips to where? Cape Town?????????????????????????????

  • echo - 2011-08-10 13:37

    lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA Now this is the cherry on the top. Monkeys do make recommendations!! What blithering idiots!!! Dont go to SA, postpone it, over 50 murders a day!!! Rather wait until it drops to about 5 a day! I seriously cannot understand the stupid mentality of these cretins who have been elected!

  • mickh - 2011-08-10 13:38

    What poor advice. It depends where you are going surely? The rioting is in city centres and not in the countryside or at airports. When our mob is toy-toying and trashing cars and buildings in downtown Johannesburg it is still sage to fly to OR Tambo and drive to the Fruger Park.

  • roelofk - 2011-08-10 13:43

    What a toss!!!! The atmosphere in London, is no worse that how SA is every day! South Africans are just used to it... They are used to looking out for their own safety... they are used to locking their cars and having burglar bars...

  • Adrian Galley - 2011-08-10 13:50

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-10 14:08

      Good one!

  • AliV - 2011-08-10 13:50

    There are no problems for tourists, don't cancel holidays at all

  • Virginia - 2011-08-10 13:51

    Why? we are used to this kind of happening in SA, whats the difference in the UK?

  • Daboyd - 2011-08-10 13:53

    The difference is that when there is violence in UK it gets reported on and something will be done about it! In good old SA violence and murder is so commonplace it doesn't even make the news...and very little is done!!!

  • Daboyd - 2011-08-10 13:56

  • alunodomundo - 2011-08-10 13:58

    As a South African in London I wouldn't have known about the riots had it not been in the news.

      jowza - 2011-08-10 14:19

      get out of your room once in a while

      alunodomundo - 2011-08-10 14:26

      In fact, I work in central London and live in Greenwich which are about 11km apart. My train travels through Deptford, where some rioting took place on Monday. I have not witnessed any rioting or seen any evidence of it first hand. The pictures on the news make it seem much worse than it is. If you didn't know any better you would have thought the whole of London was burning down when in fact it's business as usual for most people.

  • sbriedenhann - 2011-08-10 14:00

    I never, ever thought I'd see the day. And yes it's quite hysterical if you think about it.

  • Damdan2 - 2011-08-10 14:02

    Must be a joke! I live in the UK and by no means feel threatened at all! Just spoke to my sister living in Pretoria, she experienced a terrible break-in on Monday evening - fortunately her and my young nephew were away. They returned on Tuesday to a ransacked house, broken burglar bars, cut electric fence and ofcourse all their valuables stolen. Now we all know that should they have been home, they most certainly would have been raped/murdered - so we are thankful they are alive. At least you are safe in your own home once you get off the rioted streets in the UK! In SA you are not even safe in your home that should be your safety & sanctuary.

      jowza - 2011-08-10 14:21

      no breakins in uk?

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-10 14:58

      @jowza, there are, but in 99% of the cases the thieves wait for you to leave and as far as I know, not a single home-owner has been murdered for a TV set or had to watch his wife and daughter raped before the thieves murdered him.

  • PORTSMOUTH - 2011-08-10 14:09

    SA department of what??? A case of the pot calling the kettle black!! I arrived in SA from London last night and will be going back next week...the riots are in the same sort of places that you WOULD NOT visit in S Africa so apply the same caution, keep out of the townships!!! At least the British can control such situations.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-10 14:19

      They don't seem under control

      jowza - 2011-08-10 14:21

      the townships are not the high streets,and why did you come

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-10 15:00

      @jowa, unlike South Africa, there are "High Streets" in every village, and suburb. Judging by your stupid comments you have never visited the UK. Why not go back to Soweto and rape a few people as your lot are wont to do.