No ban on travel to South Africa despite security concerns: govt

May 10, 2017 10:12 am
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A total of 18,673 people were killed in South Africa in the 12 months to March last year, up from 17,805 in the previous year, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – The government says it has not issued any travel warning baring Kenyans from travelling to South Africa.

This follows reports of a travel warning against South Africa, due to the rising wave of crime, but it says Kenya and South Africa enjoy warm and cordial relations.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry however stated that the government is obligated under the law to advise her citizens, whenever they are travelling, about the conditions of the country they intend to visit.

“The Government of the Republic of Kenya has not issued any travel warning baring her citizens from travelling to South Africa,” it said.

The Ministry said the letter containing said advice was part of routine internal communication within advising its senior officials to exercise vigilance when travelling to South Africa.

“There is nothing unusual about such communication since it is part of the Ministry’s obligation under the law.”

South Africa has grappled with sporadic but extreme xenophobic attacks since 2008 as many blamed foreigners for the high level of joblessness.

The most violent crimes tend to occur in townships, remote and isolated areas and away from the normal tourist destinations.

Canada had issued a travel advisory against South Africa.

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