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ISS calls on govt to take stance on terrorism

The Hawks have insisted that SA is not at risk of an attack despite recent terror related activity in the country.

Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says South Africa may run the risk of becoming a transit point for terror activity if it does not play an active role in the fight against terrorism.

The Hawks have insisted that South Africa is not at risk of an attack despite recent terror related activities in the country.

Last month, a suspected terrorist travelling from Turkey was spotted by immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport.

In a second incident, a man believed to be an Islamic State bomb maker was arrested in Turkey as he was about to board a flight to Johannesburg.

The ISS says government should be clear about its stance on terrorism to ease the worries of South Africans.

ISS senior researcher Martin Ewi says, “If South Africa doesn’t ensure it is active in the fight against terrorism, it is likely that terrorists could use the country to transport material or information to other countries.”

He says the country has no reason to be worried just yet.

“For the past 17 years South Africa has been without a terrorist attack. It means something is being done.”

The ISS says government should not wait to be in a reactive state after an attack.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)