Cape Town Unrest Alert

31 October 2019




Situation: Clashes between police officers and refugees have been reported in front of the

UN High Commissioner Office for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Cape Town as of Wednesday,

October 30. Police forces reportedly used tear gas and batons to disperse about 300

refugees and asylum seekers who have been occupying the Waldorf Arcade Area since

October 9. At least 100 people were arrested.


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not exit your vehicle

  • For emergencies, dial 112

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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