Is South Africa vulnerable to ISIS terrorism activities on its soil?

Recent reports of Isis recruitment in South Africa have raised concerns of whether there are more people in the country becoming involved in Isis terrorism activities.

This week, twin brothers, Brandon-Lee Thulsie and Tony-Lee Thulsie, 24, were charged with conspiring to blow up various Jewish institutions and a U.S. mission in South Africa.

John Maytham spoke to Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, about the possibilities of Isis setting up in South Africa.

Opperman says that there are people who are showing interest in what Isis is doing, more so as Isis is not shy about its propaganda campaign.

The message of Isis is being spread, and there is a response, but this remain individual cases. There is no evidence at this point in time directing toward active cells planning attacks

Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

I think as the public in South Africa, we must just take a step back and says the reality of Isis's presence in South Africa is here we cannot ignore it.

Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

Opperman went on to talk about the Isis recruitment process. She says it starts on an individual targeted subjects by individual recruiters, who then form a recruitment cell, and recruits are then placed in operational positions.

In order to execute its mandate, Isis does not need a lot of people. It relies rather on individuals, who know exactly what to do in order to execute an attack, she says.

The message now to its supporters is that wherever you are based and you execute an attack, that will be of equal importance, and a contribution towards what they believe the course is all about. South Africa cannot isolate itself from this

Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

The fact that South Africa has managed to make only four arrest in a year is concerning says Opperman. She says South Africa needs to develop a broader strategy where it will be difficult for Isis to execute attacks.

Listen to the full conversation below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
 'Economic stimulus package is encouraging but falls short on detail'

'Economic stimulus package is encouraging but falls short on detail'

Chief Economist at Nedbank Dennis Dykes gives his take on President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement.

[LISTEN] Cape Town Marathon: 'For record attempts you need some perfect weather'

[LISTEN] Cape Town Marathon: 'For record attempts you need some perfect weather'

The Cape Town Marathon will be held on Sunday, 23 September.

Charity loses R39k event deposit after previous Ritz Hotel management goes awol

Charity loses R39k event deposit after previous Ritz Hotel management goes awol

The Ritz Hotel is under new management and the money paid to previous management has still not been refunded.

[LISTEN] 'These two new power stations are completely unnecessary'

[LISTEN] 'These two new power stations are completely unnecessary'

Head of the pollution & climate change at CER Robyn Hugo explains why they are against plans for two new coal stations.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

DA's WC premier candidate Alan Winde to hit campaign trail for 2019 elections

DA's WC premier candidate Alan Winde to hit campaign trail for 2019 elections

The DA's Western Cape premier candidate says he will get started on a campaign for the DA to win next year's provincial election.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

Hits from the bong (it’s legal!)… then off to work I go?

Hits from the bong (it’s legal!)… then off to work I go?

The consequences of consuming dagga at home and showing up at the office high. Bruce Whitfield interviews a labour lawyer.

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

Spokesperson for Education department says the fact that this learner is still in Grade 10 at 17 may indicate there is a problem.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.