Extremists may be targeting US interests in South Africa, to possibly include US Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with US business interests," the embassy statement said.
Remain aware and vigilant of your surroundings. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security."
The United States embassy in South Africa on Tuesday, September 8 issued a rare 'terrorist threat' warning to US interests in the country, and advised its citizens to be on heightened alert against attack. The security message issued by the embassy in Pretoria said there was no information on the possible timing or target in South Africa.
A spokesman for the South African ministry of state security said that the government was aware of the US announcement, but that it had no immediate comment.
The embassy issued a general security alert last week ahead of the September 11 attacks anniversary, but the warning on Tuesday appeared to signal a new level of concern. Security analyst Ryan Cummings said the US had last issued a "terror threat" in South Africa in 2009.