15 May 2018

South Africa: More Questions Than Answers

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The lack of attention to the Durban mosque attack by the fan base or IS Central Command is indicative that IS has no direct interactions between the South African assailants and Islamic State.

On Thursday, South Africa experienced a horrific and unprecedented attack at the Shia mosque in Old Main Road, Ottawa in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Throat slitting and arson at the mosque led to immediate speculation that South Africa was crossing a threshold into secular violence with immediate correlations to international terror groups such as the Islamic State. The subsequent discovery of a "bomb" a mere three days later accelerated anxiety and fear of South Africa facing a violent secular dispute on home soil. Responses by the Hawks and local religious leaders fuelled fears that a new wave of attacks was imminent.

However, South Africa would best be cautioned not to unintentionally play into the hands of extremist warmongering. Anxiety, fear and schisms are unerringly the feeding ground extremist groups rely on to seek support for their extremists' ideologies. Both...

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