Just a few hours after the British government hinted on US warning to the South African Government about possible terrorist attack on most of its popular malls, the Australian government says citizens should not take the US warnings with levity as the possibility of being attacked sooner that assumed is high.
The US issued an alert on terrorist attack over the weekend, warning of possible attack by the Islamic militants on Americans in South Africa.
Hours later, the British government gave out its own warning, saying there is a high threat of terrorist attack against foreigners in shopping areas in South Africa. It called on its citizens in SA to adjust their travels in various malls in the country.
It’s on this note that the Australian government updated its travel advisory for South Africa.
“The warning notes that ‘the government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where US citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town’.
“Be particularly vigilant in areas frequented by foreigners at this time. The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa,” the Australian government advised.
Meanwhile, the state security minister David Mahlobo has charged citizens to remain calm and at the same time, vigilant as government will do its best to ensure the security of all.
“We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger,” State Security Minister David Mahlobo said in a statement on Monday morning.
South Africa is considered Africa’s most industrialized country with significant expatriate and tourist population but has seldom been associated with Islamist militancy.
However, the state security minister said the security services have liaised with the Americans on the concerns they have‚ adding “these engagements will continue as part of the ongoing work”.
He also said that the security services will continue to work on matters of violent extremism and terrorism amongst others and ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.