State Security Agency says no need to alter threat level at this stage

Redi Tlhabi talks to Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium and Brian Dube Head of Communications at State Security Agency about the terror threats made by the US on Saturday.

US missions are obliged under law and protocol to issue a warning once information has been received that their citizens could be targeted and attacked

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

The question for South Africans is how vulnerable are we and how credible is the threat? Opperman says South Africa's level of vulnerability to attack is on the -increase but it is important for security agencies to define that threat more clearly.

She says The Islamic State focuses more on recruitment strategies in South Africa with face-to-face recruiters actively engaging in the country with potential targets. The second aim is using South Africa as a haven for Isis members when they need a place to lay low.

But she says, we must always take such threats seriously.

Our government's response has been a let down. it has been slow, and allowed fear to set in among the population.

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

State Security Agency statement says they are aware of the alert and are in communication with the United States, and that we remain a strong and stable democracy.

Brian Dube, Head of Communications at SSA says such a threat is always a concern the world over and should never be dismissed.

This matter was raised with our security services as part of the ongoing work.

Brian Dube Head of Communications at State Security Agency

He insists that when information is received, it is important to analyse and verify it themselves.

There are structures on the ground that we work with, we have our eyes on the ground...last year when information for US cam in, we worked on it and concluded no threat was credible, but we remained vigilant.

Brian Dube Head of Communications at State Security Agency

In this instance once again, we have not reached that level where we need to alter the threat level in the country.

Brian Dube Head of Communications at State Security Agency

He says it is the right of US missions to alert their citizens globally of potential threats.

We cannot stop them from doing that.

Brian Dube Head of Communications at State Security Agency

He says the agencies are working together to find ways to manage the situation better in the future.


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