South Africa: State Security Agency Notes Assassination Plot Claims Against US Ambassador

Ambassador Lana Marks presenting credentials as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa to President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo).
press release

The State Security Agency has today, Monday, 14 September 2020 noted reports about an alleged plot to assassinate the United States Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Lana Marks.

The agency has noted the rising public interest on the matter and would like to assure all South African citizens and interested parties that the matter is receiving the necessary attention. The agency is interacting with all relevant partners both in the country and abroad, to ensure that no harm will be suffered by the US Ambassador, including any other Diplomatic Officials inside the borders of our country.

The Minister of State Security, Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo says that South Africa has a duty to protect maximally, all Diplomatic Officials who are on State duty in our country. It should be noted that the nature of the allegation and attendant threat doesn't permit us to give any detailed updates on the investigations. Reports thereon shall be provided to all the relevant authorities including the President of the Republic, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and relevant officials in the United States administration.

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