South Africa’s State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday warned against rapidly growing nontraditional security threats confronting the country.
These security threats involve the struggle for resources embedded in the pursuit of energy, security, environmental degradation, forced immigration, international terrorism and insurgency, the minister said at a press briefing before delivering his department’s budget vote in Parliament.
He cited the example of a Cape Town teenage girl who was prevented from being recruited by the extremist terrorist group — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
This was further testimony of this stark reality of international terrorism, Mahlobo said.
Last month, the 15-year-old girl was barred from taking a flight to Syria to join the ISIS.
“Our quick intervention in this regard, working closely with the law enforcement agencies, ensured that we can prevent this from happening,” Mahlobo said.
“As we have indicated, there is a global trend of on-line recruitment which targets mainly young people active on social media platforms.”
The Department of State Security has warned that although South Africa is not a breeding ground for recruiting terrorists, there are signs that terror groups like the ISIS are finding support among locals. Enditem