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Originally posted by useless eaters
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I don't know about the South Africa end of it, But there is a lot of talk on the internet about terrorist in America on that date.
Law expert Portia Mngomezulu said this morning that the restriction to take pictures of US consulate in Johannesburg is not in terms of the law or any particular legislation, but a diplomatic agreement between the two governments. "It is designed to protect the embassy from attacks. It's for security reasons," she said. Claude van Keirsbilck, a board member of the Association of South African Travel Agents and an executive at Tourvest Travel Services, which represents American Express Travel and Seekers, said the travel industry had today received no notification of the sudden closure of the US government facilities.
"It's disturbing because we don't know what to say to our clients. We are busy sending out notifications to all our member bodies," he said, adding that because the US visa application process was an appointment arrangement between the traveller and the US consulate directly, it was not possible to say how many people were impacted by today's sudden closure.
"We don't know if the visa offices have been contacting individuals directly to tell them that the offices are closed today as we have not heard of anything like this happening." - Gill Gifford and Solly Maphumulo
"The United States is Islam's known enemy and we will never expect mercy from them, nor should they expect mercy from us." According to US officials, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan citizen wanted by the FBI as a mastermind of the deadly 2002 anti-Israeli attacks in Mombasa, was killed in a US military operation Monday in southern Somalia.
"There are things that have happened. There are things that are happening," he said, adding that police were in touch with US officials.
"As a precaution, we are closing the embassy for one day and notifying the American community in South Africa to remain vigilant,"