No way! The only terrorists are our government and the criminals running our country and streets, said a patriotic South African when he learnt about the incessant terror attack alerts that made headlines earlier this week.
And while some considered him abnormal, others threw their weight behind him, stating that such attack alerts are not new in the country, as they had previously come and died down.
However, South African government has truly confirmed that the alerts issued by the Western countries were mere “dubious” alerts.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the source of the information the US acted on was an East African businessman living in South Africa. A source with access to South African intelligence disclosed that “the businessman was believed by South Africa to be a ‘discredited’ informer who only needed cash he’d be paid for the information.”
SA Government Snaps At Terror Attack Alerts
Expressing displeasure over the jabberwocky terror attack alerts, the SA Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Clayson Monyela said in a statement that the Pretoria government is disheartened by the manner in which the alerts about South Africa were handled.
“The information provided as a basis for the latest terror alerts on South Africa has been found to be very sketchy. On closer examination‚ we have found the information to be dubious‚ unsubstantiated and provided by a ‘walk-in’ source based on questionable conclusions.
It is within this context that the South African government rejects attempts by foreign countries to influence‚ manipulate or control our country’s counter terrorism work.
We reject attempts to generate perceptions of government ineptitude‚ alarmist impressions and public hysteria on the basis of a questionable single source.
To this end‚ the South African government has demarched the affected embassies to register our displeasure with the manner in which the matter was handled,” the statement reads.
In addition, he said that the South African government takes the threat of violent extremism and terrorism very seriously, asserting that it is a worldwide phenomenon that no nation can claim immunity from.
Over the weekend, the US embassy announced that it received information that terrorist groups were planning to carry out attacks at South African malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“This information comes against the backdrop of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s public call for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan,” it said.
Interestingly, Britain and Australia followed on their heels‚ updating their travel advisories for citizens travelling to SA.
Meanwhile the South African government says the security of all people in South Africa remains its top priority. It emphasized that the security services will continue to remain vigilant at all times. And should the need arise‚ the South African government will be the first to inform the public about any imminent threat.