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Xenophobic Retaliation
by DAN Medical Team on April 20th, 2015

​“This is an urgent message to all DAN members that are planning to go on dive trips to Mozambique. Various social media reports indicate that xenophobic attacks are taking place on vehicles that bear South African car registration plates. Incidents of stoning have been reported at Komatipoort Border Post, as well as in Maputo. Lebombo border post has also been closed.
 
These are at this stage, however, localized events and the same media report that it is calm at Kosi Bay border post. Ponta Malongane and D’ Ora seem to be peaceful as well.
 
However, all members are advised to take care and preferably, not travel alone. Should you encounter any incidents, stay calm. Ensure that our hotline numbers are saved on your fast dial keys on your cell phones. Remember, the authorities are there to assist you.”


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2 Comments

Peter Southwood - June 16th, 2016 at 4:23 AM
From my experience and from others who have commented to me, the authorities in Mozambique do not consider that they are there to help you, except perhaps to help relieve you of your money.
Dr Frans J. Cronje - June 23rd, 2016 at 4:18 AM
In response to Peter's sobering remarks:

Does anybody have any experience / recommendations on what has / has not worked in seeking the assistance of the Mozambique authorities (other than bribes).

The hope is that the greater economic benefits of tourism as a whole may eventually overcome the pervasive tendency of locals exploiting individual visitors faced with adversity, or officials abusing the immigration or security procedures for personal gain.

If there is any way to facilitate this change in perspective, it would at least be moving us all in the right direction...
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