Terror expert warns that SA could be a target in 2017

The Sunday Times has reported that a bomb maker working for the Islamic State terrorist group was arrested at a Turkish airport as he was about to board a flight bound for Johannesburg last month.

The report further states that the suspect was allegedly planning an attack in South Africa.

Director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, Jasmine Opperman, says it is highly unlikely that the Islamic State would expose their bomb makers an the airport with tight security.

Opperman says this could be another way to put pressure on the South African government to sign the memorandum of understanding with Iraq.

The terror expert says South Africa has become a target for terrorism.

Islamic State message has significantly shifted, they are making calls to supporters across the world to execute attacks with whatever means, because that will be seen as a demonstration of loyalty to the extremist ideology.

Jasmine Opperman, director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

The issue of opportunity... the opportunity in South Africa is becoming very high. Security is simply not in place. Mitigating factors are still too focused on law and order and not army cooperation and community sensitisation.

Jasmine Opperman, director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

At this point in time, if we go out and talk to communities, there is no public confidence in the South African government to be able to react. Government needs to regain the trust of the public.

Jasmine Opperman, director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

I'm sad to say that an attack in South Africa for 2017 is of utmost concern.

Jasmine Opperman, director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

Listen to the full interview below for more analysis...


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