US embassy to re-open on Friday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pretoria - The United States (US) Embassy and offices in South Africa will re-open for business on Friday.

"All US government facilities in South Africa expect to resume normal operations on Friday," embassy spokesperson, Sharon Hudson-Dean said in a statement released late on Wednesday.

The US closed all its facilities in South Africa on Tuesday, including consulates in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, based on information about a security threat received from its regional security office.

Since the threat, which is still unknown, the South African security agencies were handling the matter in co-operation with US agencies to ensure the safety of that country's establishments in South Africa.

In this regard the embassy expressed appreciation for the support it received from the South African security agencies.

"The US Mission wishes to express its appreciation to the South African Government, and in particular the South African Police Service (SAPS) Division: Crime Intelligence, for outstanding cooperation and support," said Hudson-Dean.

It is the first time that US operations in South Africa have been brought to a standstill by security threats.

The US takes potential threats to its diplomatic outposts in Africa seriously. On August 1998, two embassy bombings, one in Kenya and another in Tanzania, killed a combined 224 people.