The United States Embassy and other US government facilities in South Africa have been closed down because of an undisclosed security threat. The South African police, however, say the threat is under control.
According to iafrica.com, United States embassy spokesperson Sharon Hudson-Dean said only:
We received information from the regional security office, which I cannot discuss.
Meanwhile, South African Police Commissioner Bheki Cele told reporters in Cape Town that South African intelligence was in touch with their American counterparts, News24 said.
Our intelligence world is dealing with it. It is under control. There are things that have happened. There are things that are happening.
Officials would not say anything besides these tight-lipped utterances.
A US State Department official warned American citizens to be extra vigilant while near US government facilities in South Africa. The unnamed official said:
We are maintaining close contact with South African authorities on this issue.
The US has its main embassy in Pretoria and consulates in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.