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Terrorist recruiters active in Cape Town and Joburg: report

Terrorist recruiters active in Cape Town and Joburg: report

A terrorism expert has warned that recruitment of possible terrorists is on the rise in South Africa, but warned against fear mongering, eNCA has reported.

It follows a warning by the US embassy on Saturday that terrorist groups are planning to carry out attacks in South Africa, specifically targeting shopping malls,

Jasmine Opperman, a director at the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, told eNCA that face-to-face recruiters are active in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Newcastle and Port Elizabeth.

‘The moment you have face-to-face recruiters, the next step is the formation of recruitment cells. And Morocco, Spain and Europe has proven that once you have recruitment cells, the operationalisation of these cells to take active action is the next step,” she said.

“South Africa’s vulnerability is increasing, and that is the concern”.

The embassy published a statement on its website on Saturday, under the title: ‘Security Message for US Citizens: Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls’.

“The US Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs US citizens that the US Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where US citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“This information comes against the backdrop of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s public call for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan.”

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela responded belatedly to the announcement: “The state security agency and other security agencies in this country are very much capable of keeping South Africa safe. The security of this country is as good as it always has been.”

The UK embassy also put out a warning for its citizens.

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“There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.”

Opperman said that while embassies was obliged to put out warning notices, such action could cause fear mongering.

The expert called for better cooperation between SA intelligence units and the US.

“The moment there is intelligence available at a US mission. Lets verify, lets look at the accuracy, lets see if we can get more detail before going public. When we go public, at least we can substantiate our arguments. Its not happening.”

The terrorism expert said that while South Africa’s vulnerability to terrorism has increased, it does not mean that we are now on the verge of imminent attacks.

News24 reported that Monyela tweeted on Saturday night: “The last advisory by @USEmbassySA to US citizens in SA warning of an ‘imminent attack’ proved to be a false alarm. I see there’s another 1.”

US ambassador to South Africa‚ Patrick Gaspard, responded: “The price of freedom is eternal diligence‚ and through Grace we are all made safe. The only false note is arrogance.”

In September 2015, the US government warned its citizens of possible terror attacks against US facilities and business interests in SA.

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  • Wollie Verstege

    OK so the US must wait for our government to respond while their citizens are mowed down in a shopping mall somewhere. I don’t think so.
    It is the responsibility of every government to protect it citizens to the best of it’s ability and to hell with being PC.
    This was after all a notice on the US embassy website for Americans travelling abroad and NOT a media statement.

    • ZL

      “The state security agency and other security agencies in this country
      are very much capable of keeping South Africa safe. The security of this
      country is as good as it always has been.” Really?!?!?! What a joke.

  • Cheesy 2.0

    ‘Terrorist recruiters’? Are the Gupta’s still trying to buy the cadres? 😉

  • Snowlock2.0

    Don’t the ANC have branches most places?

  • Lone Stranger

    The ANC must be the ones that understand how dangerous terrorist groups can be as they were a terrorist group themselves.

    • Blapartheid Zulu

      They still are

  • chunk

    Honestly how do these people get recruited if some guy comes to me and says go blow yourself up MF you better be blowing yourself up first.

    • Snowlock2.0

      If you are a fanatic, have no job, no way to support your family and some dude would give money to your family then some might be tempted.

    • Louis Botes

      Yep, dynamite stick in the ass and 50 bucks in the hand. 😉

  • Jihaad Boonzaier

    I go to Mosque all the time and not once have I been asked to join? If they know there are face to face recruiters why don’t they involve the authorities and get them arrested. Also the US statement doesn’t expressly say there is an imminent attack in South Africa at all or are they leaving a lot of information out of that statement. I hope everyone stays safe

    • Snowlock2.0

      So you are sad you haven’t been asked to join a terrorist organisation?

      • Jihaad Boonzaier

        Did I say I was sad that I wasn’t asked or just that I wasn’t asked? I’m merely asking where are these apparent face to face “recruiters?”

    • letsrockza

      so it was mentioned – islamic terrosrists?

  • YouThinkTheDarknessIsYourAlly

    Government doesn’t give a single F as long as they are secure in their Nklanda homesteads.

  • Wurnman

    I wonder what their driving messages are to the would be terrorist padawans? I am sure it’s one of hope but what exactly is it? In otherwords why would you join a terrorist group knowing full well what the outcome of their fight will be?

    • sleepingdog

      My detestation for the barbarism that underlies the goals and methods of ISIL/ISIS/DEASH knows no bounds. Maybe one could argue the biggest recruiter of terrorists worldwide has been US foreign policy and now those chickens are coming to roost in our nest. Why doesn’t that p1$$ people off, or is that way too complicated for people who require a monochrome narrative?

      • Wurnman

        Garth is that you??? your message reads just like my mate’s answer would be….

        • sleepingdog

          As the one piece of string said to the other – ‘fraid not.

      • sifa45

        Wish i could up vote you twice

  • Sadick Mohamed

    ‘ One man’s terrorist, is another man’s freedom fighter ‘
    Nelson Mandela was your terrorist, but contributed to my freedom.
    #YouthDay 16 June #SowetoDay

    • billozero .

      That’s a bit puerile Sadick, unless you support muslims blowing up non-muslims as some kind of act of ‘freedom’.

      • Sadick Mohamed

        If you were not oppressed during Apartheid – you will never understand the mind of a South African who fought for our freedom from the APARTHEID criminals who were themselves the real TERRORISTS. It depends on who is in charge of marketing their propaganda. The Robert Mc Brides is branded as the Magoo’s Terrorist and APLA responsible for the St James massacre. These isolated cases were acts of war and NOT terrorist attacks versus the total onslaught of barbaric APARTHEID which terrorized generations of natives and treating them as SUB HUMANS. ACTS OF WAR ? I don’t understand your religious reference – I sense prejudice like those APARTHEID bigots ! NELSON MANDELA was still listed as a terrorist by the WHITEHOUSE criminals in 2008 – the audacity.

        • Silver King

          And in this case ISIS is forcing their views onto others and anyone who do not agree with them get blown up, shot, beheaded on camera or pushed off a building. To compare Mandela to them is the biggest insult to him.

          • Sadick Mohamed

            And in this case ISIS is forcing their views onto others and anyone who do not agree with them get blown up, shot, beheaded on camera or pushed off a building” – your quote ”
            DO YOU NOW WHT THEY WITNESSED PRIOR TO COMMITTING THESE HEINOUS CRIMES ? THE SAME HEINOUS CRIMES BY THE USA INVADERS ON THEIR SOIL !
            EDUCATE YOURSELF ON WORLD POLITICS AND STOP BEING SO FOOLISH AND PREJUDICE LIKE THE APARTHEID BIGOTS.
            Read again if you don’t understand.

            If you were not oppressed during Apartheid – you will never understand the mind of a South African who fought for our freedom from the APARTHEID criminals who were themselves the real TERRORISTS. It depends on who is in charge of marketing their propaganda. The Robert Mc Brides is branded as the Magoo’s Terrorist and APLA responsible for the St James massacre. These isolated cases were acts of war and NOT terrorist attacks versus the total onslaught of barbaric APARTHEID which terrorized generations of natives and treating them as SUB HUMANS. ACTS OF WAR ? I don’t understand your religious reference – I sense prejudice like those APARTHEID bigots ! NELSON MANDELA was still listed as a terrorist by the WHITEHOUSE criminals in 2008 – the audacity

          • Silver King

            Thanks for confirming yourself a terrorist apologist. Ignoring you from now on.

        • billozero .

          I still don’t get it. The article is about the warning that there are terrorist recruiters operating in south Africa. This refers to IS. And you’ve stated ‘one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter etc.’ So are you suggesting that IS is some kind of liberation movement that is here to unshackle us from the bonds of… what exactly? Civilisation? Decency? Humanity? The 21st century? Compassion? Freedom of religion?

        • Blapartheid Zulu

          I was oppressed during apartheid, but am I not being oppressed now?life now is not any better during apartheid bro. If you blow up stuff and cause terror you are labeled a terrorist even if it’s for a good cause, if I kill Zuma I would still be labeled as a murderer even if it was for a good cause. Simple simple

      • Betterestdayz

        Lying deception to further the cause is no sin in the big book of bacon

  • letsrockza

    dumb idiots – islamic – over a book? or labour strikes- thats terrosirsm too, so what terrorists are we talking about?

    • Helderberg Helderberg

      Broederbond ..!!

      • letsrockza

        really? now only? serious? well, lets look at SA – its a world-class civalized state created by europeans, taken by black masses, Whats wrong with wanting it back? its a bit late. Best take this polically to the people, plenty support out there

        • sleepingdog

          Civilised state? Really? If by civilised you mean built infrastructure then maybe, but by modern definitions the word ‘civilised’ implies a certain civic, if not spiritual, morality. Something, lacking BEFORE and AFTER ’94. It seems that it is historical fact that humanity is all too eager to supplant morality and even common sense with ideology and racism, not civilisation.

  • Fanandala

    “The expert called for better cooperation between SA intelligence units and the US.”
    “SA intelligence units” !!!???
    This expert is really polite.

  • Mothomang

    The problem here is not the terrorists attacks but is to discredit our country because the western countries have seen that their plans of removing president JZ like what they did with his Brazilian counter part are failing, now they’re coming with another plan of the terrorists. let the white man speak and their puppets ie. Maimane and Malema dance to their music.

    • Silver King

      While Zuma bends over for the Chinese.

  • Greg Gow

    Why waste time in SA, a terrorist attack here will have no effect or expose the bad guys to the world. Again this is American paranoia and drama.

  • Helderberg Helderberg

    US and UK paranoia again. But what do you expect from them with a possible candidate for President in the making such as that imbecile of a Donald Trump. We all know of his comments about Muslims.

  • Sadick Mohamed

    The USA WHITEHOUSE breeds terrorists.

    • Nextlevel

      Lol

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