China has issued a travel ban advisory to South Africa for its citizens, making it yet another country to issue such an advisory.
The country issued the warning after xenophobic violence began just under three weeks ago. The U.K. and Australia have issued similar warnings to their country-people.
Via its websites, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government issued the alert April 20, stating citizens who planned to visit the area or who are already in that area must watch the situation closely and exercise caution. They must be mindful of their personal safety and don’t participate in protest or other large gatherings.
Attacks on foreigners have been widespread throughout the area of Cape Town and Johannesburg. Locals have targeted immigrants in neighboring countries. Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican resident, was killed last week by a group of men in the middle of the day. Sithole is the seventh person to have been killed in the recent xenophonic violence on poor immigrants.
Locals have also looted migrants’ businesses, setting these shops ablaze.
The local media state the attacks are due to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s announcement that foreigners need to pack their stuff up and leave because the jobs are going to them, not the citizens.
According to the United Nations, the attacks started in March after there was a labor dispute between foreign workers and citizens.
There is no current warning from the U.S. about South Africa travels. But, the Bureau of Consular Affairs has noted that there have been instances of mob violence that suddenly occur without warning in South Africa. Travelers must be mindful of these cases by listening to media reports and avoid them where they do or are taking place.