How vulnerable is South Africa to terror attacks?

Considering the increase in access to the information technology, the youth globally is at risk of being recruited by terrorists to execute missions.

This is according to Raeesah Cachalia, researcher for International Crime Division at Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

This follows a recent explosion at Manchester Arena which left 19 people dead and 59 others injured in what police suspected as a terrorist incident.

Through social media, recruiters are able to reach out to vulnerable youths in different parts of the world.

Raeesah Cachalia, researcher for International Crime Division at Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Cachalia says the numbers of youths being recruited into terrorism missions in South Africa are significantly lower.

A research conducted by the Institute for Security Studies has shown that factors like political instability, state brutality and conflict have put together conditions conducive to radicalisation, says Cachalia.

However, South Africa has open liberal democracy which affords the youth a chance to engage politically.

South Africa has the policy of non intervention which is the main reason extremist groups use to justify the attacks.

Raeesah Cachalia, researcher for International Crime Division at Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

South Africa has threaded very cautiously around those issues...

Raeesah Cachalia, researcher for International Crime Division at Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

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