A Chinese couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg issued a safety alert
Johannesburg, October 21 (Wang Lei) According to the news of the Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg on October 20,last weekend,A Chinese couple who runs a supermarket in Botshabelo, Free State Province, encountered a number of gangsters who were robbed by guns and were beaten and injured during the opening.Later, he was promptly assisted by volunteers from the Free State Fujian Association, Shi Qinping, and other consular insured volunteers to be sent to the hospital for treatment.Fortunately, no life is in danger.It is understood thatLast month, criminals broke into and stole some cash in the supermarket.But it did not arouse the couple’s vigilance,The police have now intervened,And began to investigate whether the same group of criminals did it.
Since last year,Vicious public security cases involving Chinese citizens have occurred in QwaQwa, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu in the Free State Province.Caused several unfortunate casualties.After the outbreak of the new crown virus in South Africa this year,The epidemic and security situation in various places including the Free State are both severe.Political corruption trials, economic recession and unemployment triggered a surge in public security cases such as rallies, protest strikes, confrontations between police and civilians on the streets, and armed robberies.Recently,In Senekal, Free State, the trial of the murder of the farmer caused a rise in racial rivalry.Local people with conflicting appeals gathered outside the court for a tense confrontation.Bring serious threats and unstable factors to local security.In Lesotho, bordering the Free State Province, Chinese citizens were kidnapped, killed, and killed in attacks.
The Consulate General in Johannesburg once again solemnly reminds overseas Chinese living and working in the Free State,Far away from the motherland and relatives,Health and safety are the top priority,Bloody facts and profound and painful lessons are telling us,Don’t neglect your personal safety because of the petty gains in front of you,Don’t rely on a momentary fluke to have consequences beyond regret.
The national emergency declared by South Africa due to the epidemic has not yet ended.The consular regions of Gauteng and Free State provinces are still at the forefront of the country’s severity of the epidemic.I hope that the majority of overseas Chinese will not take it lightly.Do not relax your vigilance because the epidemic has slowed down.As the epidemic becomes normal,We must put our health and life safety first,Overcome the fatigue and war exhaustion of fighting the epidemic and security,Continue to take security measures for business premises,It is recommended that merchants purchase necessary insurance according to their own circumstances,Use cashless payment methods for large transactions as much as possible.Supermarkets and wine shops operating in remote rural areas and black areas should shorten their business hours on weekdays and weekends in a timely manner as appropriate.At the same time pay attention to safety prevention,Keep as far away as possible from political gatherings and demonstrations.Keep calm in the event of robbery and other emergencies,The first principle is to ensure personal safety and give up money and not life,Not conflict with the gangsters,If you can fight back, you need to avoid over-defense,After the incident, call the police in time and contact the nearest Chinese Embassy and Consulate in South Africa, the Chinese Police and Civilian Cooperation Center or the local overseas Chinese delegation for help.