The State Security Minister David Mahlobo says South Africans should remain calm as the government has noted the terror alert by the US Embassy.
The minister has this morning, released a statement saying that there is no need to panic as the security services of the country have liaised with the Americans on the concerns raised this weekend, and these engagements will continue.
The minister’s statement was in response to a warning by a terrorism expert that recruitment of possible terrorists is on the rise in South Africa, but warned against fear mongering.
The report follows a warning by the US embassy on Saturday that terrorist groups are planning to carry out attacks in South Africa, specifically targeting shopping malls.
“We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert,” he said in a statement”minister Mahlobo said, assuring 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.
The minister says security services will continue to work on matters of violent extremism and terrorism, to ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.
Interestingly, most malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town have taken a good move in ensuring proper security measures by increasing their security personnel.
More to this, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela boasts about the SA security saying they are capable of taking care of the country.
“The state security agency and other security agencies in this country are very much capable of keeping South Africa safe. The security of this country is as good as it always has been.”
Citizens are however, charged to be on heightened alert against attack while they go about their businesses, because extremists may attack at the least expected time and places.