US cop response to terror trumps SA’s
NINE suspicious packages or pipe bombs were sent to politicians – including Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama – in the US recently.
I watched in awe at how mayors, governors, police chiefs and politicians of New York came out in full force at a press conference to condemn such dastardly acts and assure citizens no stone would be left unturned in hunting down the perpetrators.
Indeed, the alleged suspect was arrested soon afterwards.
In stark contrast, in South Africa our police chief hides behind a fancy hat and councillors are non-existent. They are too afraid to put their lives on the line and give personal assurances to the people who put them in power.
No one can beat the guts and fervour of the Americans in times of crisis.
Sunny SA felt immune to international terror. But it was recently discovered that an Islamic State El Dorado existed behind the white picket fences and tree-lined streets of a middle-class Durban suburb.
Behind the polished veneer of normal community life, a so-called jihadist training camp was set up.
Eleven locals and foreigners are being charged with furthering the cause of terrorism and with mens rea, indoctrinated by the ideological conditioning of Muslim extremism. There is proof of IS propaganda and material.
This is no animated Bart Simpson tale but a real threat.
And it comes on the back of the 2016 investigation into the Thulsie brothers, Brandon and Tony Lee, as well as the KZN murders of Rodney and Rachael Saunders, thought to be at the hands of extreme Islamists.
Religious fanatics who dream of an Islamic caliphate seek to impose their vision of life on everyone else.
It is an apocalyptical vision pursued with cold-eyed realism, building an infrastructure to stage terrifying attacks such as at the Verulam mosque and plant the Woolworths bombs.
Foreigners are easy pickings for such thought transformation, and simple targets to recruit in this web of evil. Just give them a cap and robe, free meals and accommodation and you have a faithful neophyte with the reliability and loyalty of a pit bull.
South Africa is a Christian country with a democratic Constitution that enshrines the rights of its people to practise their beliefs freely.
It has no place for religious fanatics and false prophets such as Pastor Timothy Omotoso. KEVIN GOVENDER Shallcross