Pakistani criminals could turn SA into terrorist haven

2009-10-30 12:37

I refer to your special report about corruption in Home Affairs

involving Pakistani nationals this past Sunday.

Your report highlights a dangerous situation, but does not go far

enough in drawing a complete picture of the consequences of the actions of these

Home Affairs officials.

The corruption is the least of the charges – their actions could

result in South Africa gaining more prominence as a conduit for terrorists from

Pakistan or Afghanistan. Already the West has serious reservations about our

border controls, resulting in South Africans now having to apply for visas

before travelling to the UK.

Afghanistan is the home of the Taliban and said to be the location

of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, as well as being a neighbour to Pakistan.

Pakistan is constantly arresting its own citizens, along with those

from Afghanistan, for suspected terrorism, and now in this country we have Home

Affairs officials who can’t or won’t connect the dots to see that they are

potentially letting terrorists live anonymously among us.

Alternatively, these officials’ actions could end up destabilising

our national security and resulting in acts of terror on our soil.

What if these foreign nationals decide to target the West (along

with several South Africans) here at home during next year’s World Cup?

Some of the Pakistani nationals written about in your report are

known criminals in Pakistan. Is it such a stretch to deduce that terrorists from

that region of the world are roaming around here freely, all because some Home

Affairs officials put their selfish demands above the interests of us as a


On those rare occasions when they arrest and charge these Home

Affairs officials for corruption, the charges should include treason and

terrorism. Maybe then they’ll think twice before selling us out to line their


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