South African Government is unhappy with terror attack alert

By Drum Digital
11 June 2016

The South African Government is unhappy with the manner in which the alerts about “an imminent terrorist attack in South Africa” were handled.

By Ayanda Sitole

In a joint statement, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and State Security Agency say the information provided as the basis of the latest terror alert in SA has been found to be “sketchy”.

On Sunday, the US Embassy released a high alert about possible attacks on upmarket shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Within two days, Britain and Australia issued an advisory to their citizens travelling to SA to be on alert.

On Tuesday, online news source News24 reported that a source with access to South African intelligence said a businessman, who was believed to be the informer behind the security alert, exchanged the information for money and was discredited by the Government.

The statement said: “On closer examination, they have found the information be dubious, unsubstantiated and provided by a ‘walk-in’ source based on questionable conclusions.”

The two State departments said they reject attempts by foreign countries to “influence, manipulate or control our country’s counter-terrorism work”.

“The South African Government is fully capable of securing our country, protecting our people and taking care of the safety of foreign citizens on our soil. We expect foreign embassies on our soil to follow the correct channels when communicating matters of such nature. To this end, the South African Government has démarched the affected embassies to register our displeasure with the manner in which the matter was handled.”

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