In the wake of the Paris terror attack and subsequent international hunt for female terror suspect Hayat Boumeddiene, the world is casting a wary eye on countries that harbor Muslim extremists. Some countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are open about their allegiances but there are other countries such as South Africa that should be viewed with a high level of caution.
South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations resolution against international terrorism but the notoriously corrupt ANC government has a very close relationship with a number of powerful Asian families some of whom are who are known to fund al-Qaeda and other extremist Muslim organizations.
An example of the ease with which terror suspects are able to use the country as a safe haven is the case of 29-year-old British born ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite. She was linked to a series of terror attacks including the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. It has now been established that Lewthwaite was in and out of South Africa before and after the attacks. It was there that she met Kenyan Fahmi Jamal Salim, who she married in 2008. The pair were introduced to each other by a radical Muslim hate preacher, Abdullah al-Faisal who was also operating out of South Africa at the time. Jamaican born Faisel had previously been imprisoned for four years in Britain after being convicted of soliciting the murder of Jews and Hindus. He was deported from Britain, Botswana and Kenya and found sanctuary in South Africa after being flown there by a South African company.
Lewthwaite travelled in South Africa under the assumed name Natalie Faye Webb. She easily obtained a passport from corrupt Home Affairs officials who operated a multi-million rand South African-based racket that has helped thousands of Islamist militants obtain travel documents. She was spotted in South Africa by South Africa’s Jewish Community Security Organization, which is said to have received a “highly credible” warning from Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. The information was passed on to the South African Crime Intelligence Unit, but, predictably the unit failed to conduct any surveillance to track her down.
The report states that the South African police’s specialised unit, Crimes Against the State (CATS) and the State Security Agency (SSA) have been monitoring the training of Al-Qaeda terrorists in South Africa for several years, without taking any action. The investigation has revealed that the State is ignoring incriminating evidence about secret military training camps and sophisticated sniper training at three well-documented locations as well as several others across South Africa.
In 2013 Investigative journalist, De Wet Potgieter published a report in The Daily Maverick on al-Qaeda training camps operating in South Africa. He was vilified for the report, targeted with personal abuse and veiled death threats and forced to resign his position at The Daily Maverick. His report, based on a year long investigation covered the South African Police top-secret, deep-cover operation – Operation Kanu – which monitored extremist Muslim activities in the country. The operation, driven by crime intelligence was launched shortly after the 9-11 World Trade Center terror attacks. However, all spying activities in connection with Operation Kanu were abruptly halted at the beginning of 2010. The teams of intelligence operatives were recalled from the operation sites, all visual material seized and laptops with the surveillance data and situation reports of deep-cover agents taken away from them. Potgieter reported that the men were told by their superiors that the orders for the cessation of the surveillance operation had come “from the top”. No other explanations were given and they were re-deployed to other assignments.
Documents seized in May 2011 by Navy Seals at Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, indicated that South Africa is regarded as a safe haven for International terrorists and a base for the formation of terror plots.John Solomon, the global head of terrorism research for World-Check, has stated that al-Qaeda has had an established presence in South Africa since 1997. He believes that not only is al-Qaeda using South Africa as a safe house, but South Africa was also central in the organization’s fundraising efforts.
It is no secret that the ANC government is allowing thousands of undocumented Pakistanis into the country and there have been reports of groups moving into small border towns where they live for short periods before “disappearing” again.
The world has bought into the myth of the Rainbow Nation and the ANC is being given a pass on its lax attitude to the Muslim extremist operations in the country. Also ignored are the high levels of corruption, rampant mismanagement and collapse of public utilities, the imposition of secrecy laws, the uncontrollable murder rates (including the daily torture and murder of whites which has been recognized as a stage 5 genocide by the International organization Genocide Watch) and the latest announcement that the ANC will introduce land “redistribution” set to mirror Zimbabwe’s land grabs.