The Australian government has issued a travel advisory to its citizens warning them of the dangers faced due to crime in South Africa. South African Department of International Relations has responded as the below statement reads.
“The travel advisory has the potential not only to deter Australians from visiting South Africa, but also to tarnish our country’s image,” the statement read.
“Officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have in the past requested, without success, that the advisory be amended to reflect the situation in South Africa as it relates to the true experiences of foreign tourists.
“The decision to escalate the matter follows these unsuccessful attempts and indicates the seriousness with which the South African government values the contribution of the tourism sector to the economy.”