No discernible terrorism threat to SA - state security

2015-11-16 19:24


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Johannesburg - South Africa faces no discernible threat from terrorists, the state security department said on Monday.

"We continue to focus on our work to ensure that our country remains safe," spokesperson Brian Dube said.

"We believe that while our country faces no discernible threat we must continue to remain vigilant and never lower our guard."

Terrorism was a global phenomenon and no country could claim to be immune, he said.

Earlier, Institute for Security Studies senior researcher Martin Ewi said the whole world, including South Africa, was at risk of terrorist attacks.

"The Islamic State declaring its intention to attack western interests in any part of the world makes any country, including South Africa... vulnerable," Ewi told News24.

There were a number of western interests in South Africa and in Africa as a whole.

"There could be an attack [in South Africa] because we harbour elements that are incompatible with these Islamic groups."

However, the country had good policies which minimised the threat, Ewi said.

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