No place in SA for re­li­gious fa­nat­ics

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RE­CENTLY in Amer­ica, nine par­cel bombs were sent to politi­cians. I watched as may­ors, gov­er­nors, po­lice chiefs and politi­cians came out in full force at a me­dia brief­ing, con­demn­ing such das­tardly acts and as­sur­ing cit­i­zens that no stone would be left un­turned in hunt­ing down the per­pe­tra­tors.

In­deed a sus­pect was ar­rested soon there­after.

In stark con­trast, in South Africa our po­lice chief hides be­hind a fancy hat and lo­cal coun­cil­lors be­come non-ex­is­tent. They are too afraid to put their lives on the line and give per­sonal as­sur­ances to the very peo­ple who put them in power.

Sunny SA has al­ways felt im­mune and in­oc­u­lated against global ter­ror. But it was re­cently dis­cov­ered that be­hind the white picket fences and tree-lined streets of a mid­dle-class Dur­ban sub­urb, a so-called ji­hadist train­ing camp was be­ing set up.

Eleven lo­cals and sev­eral for­eign­ers are be­ing charged with fur­ther­ing the cause of ter­ror­ism. And there is proof of Isis pro­pa­ganda and ma­te­rial.

This comes on the back of the 2016 in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Thulsie broth­ers, and also the KZN mur­ders of Rod­ney and Rachael Saun­ders at the hands of Is­lamists.

Re­li­gious fa­nat­ics who dream of an Is­lamic caliphate seek to im­pose their vi­sion of life on ev­ery­one else.

It is an apoc­a­lyp­ti­cal vi­sion pursed with cold-eyed re­al­ism, build­ing an in­fra­struc­ture that can stage ter­ri­fy­ing at­tacks such as the Veru­lam mosque in­ci­dent and the Wool­worths’ bombs.

For­eign­ers are easy picks for th­ese types and sim­ple tar­gets to re­cruit.

South Africa has a demo­cratic Constitution that en­shrines the rights of its peo­ple to prac­tise their re­li­gious be­liefs freely and with­out hin­drance. It has no place for re­li­gious fa­nat­ics and false prophets, like pas­tor Ti­mothy Omo­toso, who seek to con­tam­i­nate our so­ci­ety.

Kevin Govender

Shall­cross

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