INTERNATIONAL - The government of Botswana on Wednesday issued a travel advisory, warning Batswana travelling to South Africa to "exercise extreme caution" in the wake of widespread attacks on foreign business owners and looting of their goods.
"The Ministry (of International Affairs and Co-operation) further cautions Batswana residing in South Africa to also avoid areas where unrest is occurring and encourages them to remain vigilant at all times," the statement issued in Gaborone said.
"The Ministry of International Affairs and Co-operation will continue to monitor the events as they unfold and to advise the public accordingly."
Widespread xenophobic violence and looting of shops has gripped Gauteng province in recent days, with at least five people killed during the mayhem.
Citizens in Nigeria have reportedly retaliated by attacking South African businesses such as mobile operator MTN and supermarket chain Shoprite.