Streaming issues? Report here
Africa Melane 1500 x 1500 2020 Africa Melane 1500 x 1500 2020
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
See full line-up
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

[LISTEN] Was the Verulam attack a terror attack?

11 May 2018 5:59 PM
Tags:
Hawks
Terrorism
Verulam
Verulam mosque attack

There is a lot of speculation surrounding an attack on three men at a mosque in Verulam on Thursday.

There is a lot of speculation surrounding Imam Husain Mosque attack in Verulam that left one dead and two others injured on Thursday.

34-year-old Abbas Essop was killed by his attackers while trying to help Muhammad Ali who had been stabbed in the stomach.

Imam Ali Nchinyane, who had heard noises from inside the mosque, sustained stab wounds but has now been discharged from hospital.

The Hawks say there are elements of "extremism" related to the attack.

Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) Director Jasmine Opperman says one must be careful not to jump to conclusions.

I think we must make a clear distinction between an act of terror and terrorism. That this could be an act of terror meaning that it has been done with great brutality, true, but we cannot at this point in time categorically say it is terrorism for the mere fact that we do not know the perpetrators, the intent, we do not know if any of the extremist organisations has actually been involved in this attack.

Jasmine Opperman, Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) Director Jasmine

If indeed this was an inspired attack, one would have expected them to move into that mosque and kill as many people as possible.

Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) Director Jasmine

Hawks Kwazulu-Natal spokesperson, Simphiwe Mhlongo explains their understanding of what transpired on Thursday.

The elements of extremism, we articulated them on the basis that the incident took place at a religious place and there was extreme violence used on the victim is very similar.

Simphiwe Mhlongo, Hawks Kwazulu-Natal spokesperson

Click on the link below to listen to the full discussion...


11 May 2018 5:59 PM
Tags:
Hawks
Terrorism
Verulam
Verulam mosque attack

More from Politics

South African Airways SAA 123rf 123rfbusiness

SAA bailout in the balance? BRPs put airline operations on hold

29 September 2020 7:49 PM

SAA's business rescue practitioners decide to suspend airline operations. Bruce Whitfield gets comment from the experts.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

9baae9ab-c2ed-4d4c-bd5c-844a058f571d.jpg

How did economy shed 2.2m jobs in Q2, but unemployment rate still fell sharply?

29 September 2020 6:46 PM

'It's an abnormal report in abnormal times'. Paul Berkowitz (CEO, Hlaziya Solutions) makes sense of Stats SA unemployment figures.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Nomvula Mokonyane

300 days of Zondo: 'We’ve learned it’s cheap to bribe a politician'

28 September 2020 6:25 PM

For 300 days, punch-drunk South Africans have been learning just how bad corruption is in the country, says Ferial Haffajee.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

 Nthimotse Mokhesi

Two companies walked away with R220-million 'for doing absolutely nothing'

28 September 2020 5:47 PM

Ray White speaks to EWN Senior reporter Nthakoana Ngatane about the Free State asbestos removal project

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Former President Jacob Zuma at the state capture commission on 17 July 2019

There are no grounds for Zondo to recuse himself from inquiry - law expert

28 September 2020 5:34 PM

Ray Whites asks Lawson Naidoo if the former president Jacob Zuma has a case against the Zondo Commission.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Sorry we closed small business 123rfbusiness 123rf

'Foreigners create work for South Africans,' says immigration lawyer

28 September 2020 1:28 PM

Lester Kiewit finds out from Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi what the proposed new law means for foreign business Gauteng townships.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Gavel court case corruption - 123rf

Human trafficking suspects to appear in court after 11 women rescued

28 September 2020 1:03 PM

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the rescued women came from different countries in the SADC region.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Nosiviwe

DA calls Ramaphosa's reprimand of Mapisa-Nqakula weak, calls for her to be fired

28 September 2020 7:24 AM

Shadow defence minister Kobus Marais says this shows that the president can't apply punitive action against senior officials.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 testing statistics modelling 123rf

UPDATE: SA COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90%

27 September 2020 9:21 PM

There were 15,028 new tests conducted and 22 new coronavirus-related deaths. New infections were 1.268.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

factory-production-manufacturejpg

SA economy: 'Manufacturing remains an engine of growth and must be prioritised'

23 September 2020 6:53 PM

The sector is at a tipping point. Arabile Gumede interviews Philippa Rodseth from industry body, the Manufacturing Circle.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward