South Africa has made a veiled dismissal on an imminent security threat posed by terrorists in the country during the month of Ramadan.
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The United States and some Western European countries always come under attack from African countries when they issue warnings to their citizens as this undermines host countries’ tourism performance.
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, once responded to the British government after it issued an advisory caution on its citizen to the East African powerhouse.
“I have not heard the British issue travel advisories against Paris (where terrorists attacked the headquarters of a satirical magazine in January). I have not heard the British issue travel advisories against other European capitals,” Kenyatta said, protesting travel advisory notices.
“We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert,” said South Africa’s state security minister, David Mahlobo.
The response by South Africa follows a warning by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa.
“The U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town,” said U.S diplomatic missions last over the weekend.
“The South African government has noted the terror alert issued by the US Embassy in Pretoria over the weekend which is part of the US government standard precautionary communication to its residents,” responded South Africa.
Mahlobo said it was the responsibility of the South African security forces to ensure that all people within our territory are and feel safe.
“The security services of the country have liaised with the Americans on the concerns they have and these engagements will continue as part of the ongoing work. 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.”
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.