Mahlobo: Terrorists not welcome in SA

2015-02-02 10:10

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South Africa would clamp down on anybody trying to use the country as a base for planning terrorist activities, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has said.

Speaking to City Press on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa this week, Mahlobo said foreigners coming into the country should respect the law of the land.

When asked whether Boko Haram’s activities could in any way affect South Africa, which has a number of Nigerian residents, Mahlobo said South Africa was far from Nigeria but still had to be alert.

“Remember we are one village. There is free movement in our continent, people can go in and out. But the only thing that we will always do is that those non-nationals at home [in South Africa], let them respect the law of our land. Like the ANC in other movements when they were outside the country, we respected the laws of the land.

“What we will always monitor, irrespective of any non-national who comes into our country, is those who want to do planning for terrorist activities in their own country.

“Where ever these terrorist organisations are, we are sharing intelligence.”

He said Africa had an intelligence committee that shared information across borders.

He also said recruitment and funding through South Africa would not be tolerated “so that we do not get into a war we do not understand”.

Member states of the African Union agreed on assembling a multinational joint task force to help Nigeria deal with the Boko Haram scourge.

For now the force would only be made up of five neighbouring countries and up to 7500 soldiers.

It could also in future cooperate with the United Nations.

Mahlobo said South Africa was considering humanitarian assistance to Nigeria, but he had no idea as yet what it would be because Nigeria had not requested specific assistance yet.

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