Johannesburg - Security officials have been monitoring the training of al-Qaeda militants in South Africa for several years but have not taken any action despite incriminating evidence, it emerged on Monday.
A report by the Daily Maverick, based on a year-long investigation, shows that the police’s Crimes Against the State specialised unit as well as the State Security Agency are aware of the military training camps.
The camps are in three locations in South Africa: the former apartheid police base at Vlakplaas, a secluded farm in the Klein Karoo and another location in the Eastern Cape.
The police’s investigation into the camps was called Operation Kanu.
British and US intelligence agencies have apparently pressured the South African government to act on any possible Muslim terrorist threats but so far little action has been taken.
The Vlakplaas base is linked to the well-known Dockrat family and a mosque in Laudium outside Pretoria.
The Dockrat family have repeatedly denied links to al-Qaeda.