How serious are threats from ISIS against South Africa?: Andy Grudko

Three years after ISIS appeared to be on its last legs in Iraq and Syria it has seized a city in Mozambique. The city is called Cabo Delgado, in the country’s north has been captured by fighters linked to the terrorist group, with the port of Mocimboa da Praia a particular concern. Now to discuss this and whether South Africa should be concerned we are joined on the line by Executive Director at SA Terrorism Analysis Centre, Andy Grudko For more news, visit sabcnews.com and also #SABCNews#Coronavirus#COVID19News on Social Media.

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5 foreign nationals linked to kidnapping, extremism syndicate and New Year’s Eve Melville shooting arrested

SOURCE: News24 Police have arrested five foreign nationals behind a spate of kidnappings – inside and outside the country. They are linked to an international kidnapping and extremism syndicate. News24 understands the five could also be linked to a shooting at Poppy’s restaurant in Melville and other shootings at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, on New Year’s Eve. https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/police-arrest-5-foreign-nationals-linked-to-a-kidnapping-and-extremism-syndicate-20200723

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Crisis in northern Mozambique is now an urgent matter for SADC

SOURCE: IOL Pretoria – The crisis in northern Mozambique is now an urgent and inescapable matter for the SADC region, given that the Islamic State (Isis) has issued a warning to South Africa not to get involved in the conflict. Isis threatened that if South Africa becomes involved, it would “open the fighting front within South Africa’s borders”.  

Southern Africa has a lot to learn from West African nations on how to address a terrorist insurgency. If the Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique is to be defeated, we need to heed the lessons of how Boko Haram grew into such an ominous threat to the West African region.Read the original story from IOL

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Dismissal of Islamic State case sparks controversy

Alleged ‘terrorists’ accused of murder at a Verulam mosque go free.

By Peter Fabricius – Daily Maverick Was it a travesty of justice or the correction of a miscarriage of the law when on Monday 13 July the Verulam Magistrate’s Court threw out the case against 12 men accused of perpetrating terrorist activities in the name of Islamic State? The case has provoked heated debate, with accusations of Islamophobia and alarmism running one way and counter-charges of appeasement and denialism running the other way. 

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‘Global terrorist’ Dawood Ibrahim’s lasting grip on SA

SOURCE:News24.com

Testimony in a United States court has revived uncomfortable memories of another global crime kingpin who operated in our borders, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Ibrahim’s name came up during testimony by Vicky Goswami, the notorious mandrax smuggler who lived in South Africa in the early 1990s and turned State witness following his extradition to the US from Kenya in 2017.

For a quarter of a century, India has been hunting Ibrahim as the alleged mastermind behind a series of bombings which ripped through Mumbai in 1993, killing some 260 people.

Ibrahim was subsequently suspected of infiltrating South Africa and pumping mandrax across the borders before moving his operations to Dubai and then Pakistan, where he is alleged to have forged ties with al-Qaeda.

READ MORE Link: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/amabhungane-global-terrorist-dawood-ibrahims-lasting-grip-on-sa-20190910

 

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Tourists should not fear coming to SA, says minister

August 3rd 2019: Tourists should have no fear being in South Africa or visiting the country, despite the recent murder of a Ukrainian and reports of tourist robberies in the Western Cape. This is according to Tourism Minister Mmamakolo Kubayi-Ngubane. Kubayi-Ngubane would have been taking note of the recent death involving Ukranian tourist Ivan Ivanov who was stabbed to death last weekend.

“I would like to reassure tourists that it is safe to travel to South Africa and that their safety remains top priority for the South African government.

Read more at:  News24.com https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/tourists-should-not-fear-coming-to-sa-says-minister-20190803

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Important Information for South Africans Abroad

Travel advisories for South Africans: Although the SA Department of International Relations and Cooperation (http://www.dirco.gov.za/) do not generally issue warnings about travel to specific countries, some other countries do:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/egypt-travel-advisory.html

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/terrorism

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