eLibrary

SATAC’s eLibrary includes a Public Library with infographics, databases, opinion pieces and research material available to the public – no registration is necessary. SATAC also has an eBookstore (in development) where certain items and research reports can be purchased on-line. Registered SATAC members have access to a private library including up-to date research and information exchange.

Keynote Papers

SATAC Members’ Predictions For 2019

Each year we ask our SATAC members what they think the new year holds for SA in particular regarding security and terrorism - these are our 2019 predictions (NS) We will continue to see rise of the paramilitaries in the US with lone wolf attacks increasing with school shootings, and attacks on religious institutions and communities. I see 2 ISIL related attacks in France, 2 attacks in the UK, 1 in Australia with South Africa building up for at least 1 (based on the noise in the news recently). (DD) Domestic events could be interesting around election time but internationally, ...
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SATAC Special Report: The Verulam Eleven

The Verulam Family Court heard on 22 Oct 2018 that eleven men accused of the May fatal attack at a KwaZulu-Natal Shia mosque and planting several incendiary devices at Durban shopping centres have links to the so called Islamic State (ISIS). The accused are from South Africa, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. The court heard that during their arrests, the men were found in possession of an ISIS newsletter and a manual on how to make bombs and carry out assassinations, as revealed in an affidavit that Warrant Officer Benedict Chonco of the Hawks presented in opposition ...
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Durban explosive devices: Why Woolworths?

A SATAC ANALYSIS  13 July 2018 Prelude: The Verulam attacks 1. On Thursday 10 May 2018, three knife-wielding men stormed the Imam Hussain (Shia) Mosque after midday prayers and attacked Moulana Ali Nchiyane before torching the mosque’s library by throwing in a petrol bomb. Abbas Essop, a mechanic at a workshop across the road, ran into the Mosque. When Abbas intervened, the attackers. He died in hospital and became a collateral casualty in the attack‚ believed to be motivated by “extremist elements” intent on killing the resident Moulana and razing the building to the ground. 2. On the night of ...
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SATAC ANALYSIS – THE IMAM HUSSAIN MOSQUE ATTACKS – ISIS Terrorism Or Local Fanatics?

16th May 2018 2%: The percentage of Muslims in South Africa’s 56 million people 12%: The percentage of Shia Muslims in the world 3%: The percentage of Shia Muslims amongst SA Muslims The Events South Africa has an almost exclusively peaceful Muslim community. So a fatal knife attack at a mosque on Thursday 10 May, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, came as both a shock and a surprise. Three knife-wielding men stormed the Imam Hussain (Shia denomination) Mosque after midday prayers. Once in the property‚ the men attacked Ali and Moulana Ali Nchiyane with knives before torching the mosque's library ...
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South Africa’s Relations with the Middle East Since 1994

A Special SATAC Member Paper - Copyright Natasha Agrizzi The key concern of this paper pertains to South Africa’s relations with the Middle East. In order for this paper to effectively analyse the above-mentioned concern, the paper will be divided up into two main sections. The first section introduces the topic of foreign policy. This will discuss the concept of foreign policy in terms of its definition as well as the stakeholders in South Africa’s foreign policy, where reference will be made to the fundamental driving factors of South Africa’s foreign policy namely; i) human rights considerations; ii) ideology; iii) ...
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How is terrorism useful?

They say that terror is the anticipation and horror is the aftermath. While a tiny percentage will ever be caught up in a terror attack, the feeling that they might be impacts the moods, behaviour, expectations, values and even the physiology of billions of people worldwide. From this point of view, terrorism can be seen as a powerful form of mind control. The anticipation of something bad happening  particularly of sudden, unexpected terror has complex and profound impacts on humans both individually and in groups and it is in these responses that we can see how terrorism is useful. The ...
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SATAC eLibrary Overview

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 ...
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Andrey Grudko SATAC director interviewed by SABC on executive protection ...
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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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As of 08:30 CAT, 20 May, 2019, no group has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s roadside bombing which hit a tourist bus near the Pyramids in Egypt. The bus was on an incomplete access road, not open to public traffic but used by tourist ...
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SOURCE: News24.com The bulk of the South African tourists who were involved in a bus explosion near Egypt's Giza Pyramids are heading back home. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said in a statement on Sunday night that 25 of the ...
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SOURCE: Mail & Guardian https://mg.co.za/article/2019-01-02-sa-man-accused-of-terror-related-activities-in-mozambique-to-appear-in-court According to department of international relations and cooperation spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Andre Meyer Hanekom — a South African citizen — is expected to appear in a Mozambican court this month. He is accused of supporting and aiding terrorist activities ...
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Each year we ask our SATAC members what they think the new year holds for SA in particular regarding security and terrorism - these are our 2019 predictions (NS) We will continue to see rise of the paramilitaries in the US with lone ...
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The Verulam Family Court heard on 22 Oct 2018 that eleven men accused of the May fatal attack at a KwaZulu-Natal Shia mosque and planting several incendiary devices at Durban shopping centres have links to the so called Islamic State (ISIS). The accused ...
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In July Dutch intelligence authorities arrested a man, identified as Mohammed Ghorshid, trying to buy bitcoins with a credit card stolen from the murdered Saunders couple, botanists from the UK. Ghorshid was on the watchlist of Dutch intelligence because of his Islamic State ...
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President Ramaphosa at United Nations, NYC on September 25th ...
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Based on an analysis of terror attacks worldwide we see the following focus of terror attacks. Knowing the typical target areas  helps to assess your own anti-terror responses and mitigate dangers.
  • Explosive/incendiary devices
  • Shootings and close quarter knife/acid etc. attacks
  • Chemical, biological ...
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The following charts are drawn from the Global Terror Database GTD and include Terror attack types, weapons used in terror attacks, casualties and targets in South Africa since 1970 ...
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A SATAC ANALYSIS  13 July 2018 Prelude: The Verulam attacks 1. On Thursday 10 May 2018, three knife-wielding men stormed the Imam Hussain (Shia) Mosque after midday prayers and attacked Moulana Ali Nchiyane before torching the mosque’s library by throwing in a petrol ...
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There was yet another bomb scare in Durban Thursday. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from a 23 storey building. This was only hours after police had to conduct a sweep at a local mall after another threat which later turned out ...
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09:05 on morning of 30 May SABC NEWS CH 404 broadcast a 9 minutes interview with SA Terrorism Analysts Centre Director, Andy Grudko on the impact of SA’s violent crime on CR’s attempts to raise overseas investment ...
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SATAC Director Andy Grudko interviewed by Jeremy Maggs of ENCA Newsday Mon 14th at 14:15. about the Mosque Attack in Verulam ...
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16th May 2018 2%: The percentage of Muslims in South Africa’s 56 million people 12%: The percentage of Shia Muslims in the world 3%: The percentage of Shia Muslims amongst SA Muslims The Events South Africa has an almost exclusively peaceful Muslim community. So a fatal ...
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Via Reuters January 3rd, 2018 JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it had cracked a Palestinian militant cell suspected of having been recruited and handled by Iranian intelligence officers who worked out of South Africa, but the suspects’ lawyer denied the charges ...
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A drug called "Flakka" or alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone has been found on a drug dealer in Durban. Reported. As reported in accident.co.za " Yesterday an integrated operational response team.consisting of NIU, Metro K9, MORT.SPU arrested a Nigerian Male with the New Drug Flakka. He was ...
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