When I was on the State Department's web site earlier Tuesday looking for information related to the closing of the U.S. embassy and other American-government offices in South Africa because of a credible terrorist threat, I came across a press release on another threat to Americans in South Africa: armed gangs attacking shopping malls.
Here's some advice the U.S. government offers Americans:
Do not enter a store if you observe suspicious activity such as customers lying on the floor or a person brandishing a weapon. If you observe such activity, immediately leave the area and call the police.
Thank you, State Department. What would we ever do without tips like this? Next they'll be telling us to put the shower curtain inside the tub.