#TerrorAlert: ‘We are monitoring intelligence flowing in & out of SA’

On Saturday, the US issued the warning of possible terror attacks on malls and shopping areas.

FILE: Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says there is no reason to worry about possible terror attacks on the country at this stage and they are monitoring intelligence flowing in and out of the country.

The US issued a warning on Saturday and t emerged this afternoon that Britain has updated its travel advisory for South Africa to reflect that there is a high threat of terrorism and attacks could be indiscriminate.

The envoys point out that a similar travel advisory issued by the embassy in Pretoria last September is still in force.

Phahlane says there is no reason to create panic at this stage and law enforcement agencies are monitoring the situation.

"There is no reason for us to be concerned at this stage, we have ensured the necessary, which is to be done to counter any such if it were to be remotely true."

He says law enforcement agencies have their "finger on the pulse".

"We are corporation with everyone else. You know that there are bilateral, multilateral agreements, we continue with member states."

Australia's government has also said it's taken note of the US terror alert for South Africa and is advising its citizens in SA to exercise a high degree of caution.

At the same time, despite the brave face put on by South Africa's security authorities, diplomats based in SA are taking the warning of possible terrorist attacks issued by the US embassy seriously.

Washington errs on the side of caution when issuing travel advisories or warning to its citizens traveling or living abroad.

The warning on South Africa is second across the globe this month - there were three in May and nine in April.

They deal with a range of potential hazards from climatic conditions to political unrest and terror attacks.

The warning issued to US travellers last September of violent crime and a terror threat in South Africa still holds.

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