US warns citizens to avoid Pretoria Zoo

2014-09-12 22:54

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Johannesburg - US citizens touring or living in South Africa who planned to visit the Pretoria Zoo were advised on Friday not to do so.

The United States diplomatic mission cautioned citizens to be on the alert while touring the country.

According to the embassy, there had been "a number of armed robberies committed recently against visitors to the Pretoria Zoo.

"Due to these events the... mission to South Africa advises US citizens to avoid visiting the Pretoria Zoo until the security situation improves," the embassy said.

Americans were further urged to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from violent crimes while in South Africa - as assaults, armed robberies and other crimes were prevalent around hotels, tourist attractions and public transportation centres in major cities.

"Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security," the mission said.

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