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Newsline: DRC Shuts Down Embassy in Pretoria ‘Until Next Year’

South Africans wanting to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would not be able to get any visas from the country’s Pretoria embassy until the new year. Citizens from that country who live in South Africa and who need new passports, would also have to wait. DRC ambassador to South Africa, Bene M’Poko, said he had closed the embassy until January 4 because he feared for the safety of his staff, after protests in front of the embassy turned violent. “I closed the embassy because I know what they are planning, and I’m a major target. They said they are planning to do what happened in Turkey,” he said. The Russian ambassador in Ankara was assassinated by a police officer on Monday. “They want to burn the embassy and they want to kills us,” he said of the protesters. “I can’t under those circumstances send my people to work. Their lives are dear, I can’t expose them to that.”



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