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State Security intercepts more Isis cases in SA

The State Security Agency says communities need to blow the whistle on Isis.

FILE: A screengrab from CNN's report on the inner workings of the militant group Isis. Picture: CNN

CAPE TOWN - State Security Minister David Mahlobo said his department have intercepted more Isis-related cases, but they've managed to keep it out of the media.

Mahlobo is urging community members to blow the whistle on young South Africans who may be planning to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis).

It's emerged operatives have stopped a second teenage girl from Cape Town from boarding a plane to join Isis last month.

The incident came 10 days after a 15-year old girl was apprehended at Cape Town International Airport.

He said they worked with the police to act on a community tip-off and track down the Grassy Park girl who had planned to join Isis last month.

"Where this thing is ripe in those communities, those communities are rising and saying, 'you know what? This is where they are mobilising."

The Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) Phillip Bam said the community plays an important role in supporting police and state security.

"We want to thank community members who stand up and are prepared to report such suspicions."

Mahlobo said information from public is crucial in cases like these because community members are their ears and eyes into vulnerable minors' lives.

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