SA investigating US security concerns

2015-09-08 23:19
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Johannesburg - The State Security ministry is investigating reports that US government and business interests in South Africa are under threat from extremists, it said on Tuesday.

"We confirm that we are aware of this security matter and are working with relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate it further," spokesperson Brian Dube said.

"In this regard we will work with the US authorities as we conduct this work."

Earlier, the US embassy said its Diplomatic Mission to South Africa had received information that extremists may be targeting its interests in the country "to possibly include US Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with US business interests".

No information was available about when or where an attack would take place, it said.

US citizens were warned to be vigilant and increase their "personal security".

Dube, however, said the South African government would continue to ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.

"We reiterate our resolve to work with members of the international community in creating a safer and secure world  and to ensure that South Africa remains a safe destination for anyone who wishes to travel here," Dube said.

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