St Helena Government (SHG) is aware of an incident in Pretoria today where three St Helenians accompanying medical referral patients were held at gunpoint while out shopping. The three persons were not harmed but some of their belongings were stolen. The persons are safe. They are receiving pastoral support and assistance from MSO and the South African Police are investigating the incident.

The Health Directorate has contacted the families of those affected to make them aware of events.

SHG recognises that people will be concerned following the news of this incident. SHG is liaising with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Pretoria for further security advice to help St Helenians stay safe whilst abroad.

This is an unfortunate incident which could have happened anywhere in the world. Whilst Pretoria is relatively safe and low-crime by South African standards, sadly criminals can operate anywhere at any time. Patients, their families and all persons overseas are reminded to be extra vigilant particularly in areas where recent crimes have taken place. Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight and only take with you what you need for the day. Where possible secure your valuables in your hotel room.

Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free, but sensible precautions should be taken to protect your safety.

For further advice visit the FCO’s travel advice online for general information on safety overseas:  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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13 June 2019

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