US Terror Alert: Security increased across SA malls

2016-06-06 15:53 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The US issued a terror alert for South Africa over the weekend, warning of "terror attacks by Islamic militants on Americans in South Africa".

While the UK has not issued a terror alert, it has revised its travel advice for South Africa on 20 May and again over the weekend on the back of the US message.  

V&A Waterfront spokesperson Carla White told Traveller24, the V&A Waterfront security team meets regularly, and "co-operates with the SAPS, national and regional intelligence."  

“In response to the notification of this threat, SAPS has increased their presence and vigilance at the V&A Waterfront, and similarly we have also implemented actions accordingly." 

Speaking to News24 Mall of Africa Grand Manager Vanessa Fourie said the newly built shopping centre were fully aware of the terror alert and had taken steps to increase security.

“We have a security company on board and additional steps have been taken to ensure safety. We are also reliant on our relationship with the police and are keeping those channels opened.”

"The safety of British nationals is our top priority and we keep our travel advice under continuous review,” Isabel Potgieter spokesperson for British High Commission told Traveller24.  

"The UK has not issued a terror alert. We revised our travel advice for South Africa on 20 May and again over the weekend on the back of the US message. This makes it clear that there is a high threat from terrorism in South Africa. It was then updated on the 4 June, with some more specifics. We do not advise against travel to any part of South Africa,"  Potgieter says.

The UK government said on its website, "There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in Johannesburg and Cape Town. There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time."  

News24 reports State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Monday downplayed the US government’s terror alert, giving assurances that his department was doing all it could to keep South Africa safe against attacks.

It was part of the United States government’s "standard precautionary recommendation to its residents", he said in a statement.

"We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert."

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