Embassy calls on Vietnamese citizens in S.Africa to beef up security hinh anh 1

Rioters loot a shop in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 12. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Pretoria (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa has advised Vietnamese citizens residing and doing business in the country to closely monitor the situation and not to travel to areas that are hotspots of instability.

The warning came as South Africa has been coping with rioting and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces and some other localities.

Vietnamese citizens are warned not to travel at night when it is not absolutely necessary and should go home before 8pm.

The Embassy also announced the emergency contact number for citizen protection on its official website and social platforms.

Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi requested the embassy's units to strengthen measures to ensure the safety of people, headquarters and vehicles, and strictly abide by the ambassador's regulations on travelling amid the local complex situation.

Vietnamese citizens are so far safe from the ongoing riot in the country, Vietnam News Agency correspondents in South Africa reported.

According to Acting Minister in the Presidency of South Africa Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, as of July 15 morning, 2,203 people have been arrested for looting and destroying property in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces and 117 deaths were recorded from violence during the unrest.

On July 15 morning, the South African Defense Force (SANDF) has deployed 15,000 troops in hotspots.

The South African government and relevant authorities have held meetings with political parties, religious leaders, tribal leaders and civil society organisations to seek a consensus and ask the people to assist in restoring order and preventing the unrest from spreading to other areas./.