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'No need for panic' over US terror alert, says State Security spokesperson

South African government has confirmed that it is in talks with the US Embassy regarding the terror alert released over the weekend.

The embassy sent out warnings about possible terror attacks on upmarket shopping malls, targeting Americans in South Africa.

The Ministry of State Security says that there is no need for panic, while it plans to determine the level of threat facing the country and its citizens.

The department's spokesperson Brian Dube says that they have been conducting their own investigation.

We want to believe that, relatively speaking, South Africa is on the safe side. But of course no country is immune, and we want to remain vigilant.

Brian Dube, spokesperson for the Ministry of State Security

According to Dube, government cooperates with several intelligence agencies to improve safety and diplomatic ties.

Meanwhile, risk analyst Ryan Cummings believes that government's response to terror activities has been influenced by their political stance on foreign policy and interests in other countries.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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