South Africans planning to travel to London should postpone their trips, the International Relations and Co-operation department said on yesterday, amid violent riots which have gripped the British capital.

“Given the prevailing conditions in that country, we advise South Africans who can delay or postpone their trips to consider doing so,” spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The South African High Commission in Britain is also ready to assist South Africans who require assistance in that country.

“Government continues to monitor the situation and developments in the UK,” Monyela said.

The riots, described as the worst in decades, entered a fifth day on Wednesday.

Scotland Yard said 768 people have been arrested and 111 police officers have been injured so far, according to AFP.

Those needing assistance can contact the department’s consular section for information and updates on 012 351 1000.

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