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U.S. Embassy Warns Possible Terrorist Attack in Sandton's Gay Pride Weekend!

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa. Source: Twitter
The U.S. Embassy on Wednesday issued a warning of a possible terrorist attack at an unspecified location in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg.

"The U.S. government has received information that terrorists may be planning to conduct an attack targeting large gatherings of people at an unspecified location in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29 October 2022," reads the statement issued by the U.S. Embassy. 

The U.S. Embassy further stated that there is no further information regarding the potential attack's timing, method, or target.

The Embassy claims that it has advised staff to avoid crowds of people and other large public gatherings in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg during this weekend of 29-30 October 2022.

The South African government said that it has noted the terror alert issued by the U.S. Embassy on its website. Saying that this is part of the US government's standard communication to its citizens.

"It is the responsibility of the South African security forces to ensure that all people within our country feel safe. Law enforcement agencies continue to monitor for any threats to our citizens, our nation, and our sovereignty," said a statement issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office.

The South African government said that threats are assessed continuously and are acted upon to ensure the safety of all.

"Should the need arise, the South African government will be the first to inform the public about any imminent threat," concluded the statement. 


Meanwhile, one of the biggest gatherings taking place in Sandton this weekend is the 33rd annual Johannesburg pride event, which is taking place on Saturday.

After a 2-year break from large gatherings, the Johannesburg pride is back and promises to be bigger than ever. 

The pride event gathering will start as early as 10:00am - 10:00pm (CAT). The Johannesburg Parade/March will leave at 2:00pm (CAT). Attendees are encouraged to join the parade in remembrance of the hardships those before they suffered. 

The Soweto Derby, a football rivalry between Premier Soccer League's Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is also taking place this weekend.


According to SABC News, Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, has poured cold water on reports that there is an expected terror attack in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, this coming weekend.

We encourage our readers to stay away from Sandton and surrounding areas this weekend. | Press-related queries are to be directed to email

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