The terror alerts started with a security message U.S Embassy and Consulates in South Africa sent to U.S citizens in South Africa.
The message warned that “terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa.”
Just as the State Security Minister David Mahlobo called on South Africans to remain calm, and that there is no immediate danger, the British government echoed U.S terror attack alert.
In a statement the British government warned that “there is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners, such as shopping areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Thereafter, the Australian government called on Australian citizens to take the U.S warnings serious. According to the Australian government, the possibility of being attacked sooner than assumed is high.
However, SA Department of Home Affairs said South Africans should not panic about the terror alerts.
According to the department; “travel warnings are precautions taken by countries to protect their citizens, it is not for us to panic. Whatever they are warning their citizens about, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to happen or…a fact.”
The department further analogized that “Ebola is an example of something that (the country was warned about) but never happened on our shores.
The State Security will communicate with the country if there is a threat,” Home Affairs spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete stated.
Between 2012 and 2014, deaths from terrorism all over the world increased by 200 percent.
This year’s report however, showed that the increasing trend has reversed. Terrorism deaths reduced in 2015, by about 13.4 percent.