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MOFA urges South Africa-bound passengers to stay vigilant

MOFA urges South Africa-bound passengers to stay vigilant

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday warned passengers bound for South Africa to be extra vigilant regarding their personal safety as public security in the African country has been deteriorating.
There have been recent reports of several diplomats and tourists being tailed and robbed upon arrival in South Africa, said Liu Bang-zyh, deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of African Affairs.
"Because the South African government still has not initiated any measures to efficiently counter the escalation of crime, the government of the United States has also been considering issuing a travel advisory to its citizens," he said.
"Although a yellow-level travel advisory has not yet been issued for travelers going to South Africa, Taiwanese visitors to the country should pay attention to personal safety," he advised.
Liu noted that the deterioration of public security in South Africa has resulted in part from an influx of Zimbabwean refugees, millions of whom fled to the country over the past three decades due to the disastrous economic situation in their homeland.
In addition, the economy of South Africa is also suffering, and along with the global economic slowdown, has spurred an increase in the unemployment and crimes rates, he said.
He urged travelers to avoid South Africa unless absolutely necessary.