No place in SA for religious fanatics
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.