Calls for top cops to address al-Qaeda report

Pressure continues to mount on the Police Ministry to shed light on an al-Qaeda report.

File picture of Jihad training camps. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - There have been calls for the Police Ministry to explain exactly what Crime Intelligence has uncovered about al-Qaeda in South Africa.

This after a report that al-Qaeda training camps operated in South Africa, even though it was dismissed as fear-mongering by some.

The year-long Daily Maverick investigation established that South Africa's intelligence services was monitoring at least three such camps for almost a decade.

But the surveillance operation was shut down in 2010. A family was believed to be behind the establishment of the camps.

It was alleged that the country's security services turned a blind eye on the matter.

Research and Information Network director Abie Dawjee said the investigation was nothing more than a rehash of a 2010 report.

That same report claimed there would be terror attacks during the Soccer World Cup.

Dawjee said government should use the opportunity to set the record straight.

"Government has the responsibility to show whether any activity related to terrorism has been uncovered or not. Unsubstantiated fear-mongering must be stopped."

The Democratic Alliance's Shadow Police Minister Dianne Kohler-Barnard said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should address Parliament on the allegations.

However, the Hawks did not respond to questions, saying they do not comment on ongoing investigations.