ANC mum on bomb threat

2010-10-31 12:53

The ANC refused to admit or deny that members of a far-right group were involved in a bomb threat which led to increased security measures at its head office.

Since last week Luthuli House in Johannesburg’s city centre has been under strict 24-hour police protection, with a Nyala police vehicle permanently parked near the building.

It has been claimed that witnesses saw two men near the building on Sunday, taking measurements.

The next day someone phoned and said that a bomb had been hidden somewhere in the building.

The police and National Intelligence Agency staff searched the building, but no bomb was found.

A high-level investigating team, which includes intelligence operatives, is investigating the threat.

Brian Sokutu, ANC spokes­person, said that Luthuli House has received scores of bomb threats.

“President Jacob Zuma and the ANC leadership were in the building at the time and as a precaution had to be evacuated from the building alongside other staff,” he said.

“As head office of the ruling party it needs to be considered a key building, because not only does it house the general staff, but the vice-president and the president also have ­offices there.”

According to Sokutu the building is regularly visited by high-profile guests, such as Fifa president Sepp Blatter, various heads of state and even American human-rights activist, Jesse Jackson.

Sokutu didn’t want to confirm the involvement of far-right elements in the bomb threat, except for saying: “This country is fully prepared to handle these types of threats.

police and the government will protect South Africans against any form of terrorism.”

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