NEW BOKO HARAM IN GESTATION
By Celestin Ngoa Balla, US Africa News. Updated 2015-07-07
This alert comes from none other than the United Nations (UN) Security Council. The Republic of South Africa is the support base of all the great Islamic and terrorist groups currently operating in Africa and elsewhere. The UN cites some names—including Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Hamas, and the inevitable Al Qaeda. "These groups use South Africa as a support base and site for fundraising, recruitment, obtaining false official documents, and likely as a training ground for jihadist elite," the document presented to President Jacob Zuma last February indicated. And consider those caught in possession of South African passports: Haroon Aswat, one of the closest associates of blind extremist Sheikh Abu Hamza; Mohamed Emwazi, alias " John Jihadist " the man responsible slaughtering American prisoners on behalf of the Islamic State on Mondovision; Samantha Lethwaite, known as the "white widow"-- widow of one of the men who participated in a terrorist attack in London. There is even evidence that the "white widow" has lived in Johannesburg for two years and has often transferred funds from the United Kingdom to Somali al- Shabaab agents based in South Africa.
The least one can say is that South Africa has long had a bad habit of serving as a sanctuary for Islamic terrorist organizations. Indeed, the Shiite group Hezbollah has training camps established there since the 1990s. According to some experts, there is evidence of the presence of al-Qaeda bases in South Africa since 1997. The ANC, in power since the end of apartheid, for its part, considers these jihadists as brave freedom fighters. According to informed observers, another reason for the leniency of the South African authorities is that there could be a pact with terrorist groups, offering a haven for terrorists and official documents, in return for a promise that South Africa never serve as a jihadist target. On this last point, the land of Nelson Mandela wants to imitate the European, and particularly French, model. In the 1970s, the French authorities concluded an agreement with the Palestinian terrorist leader Abu Nidal to establish a base in France, provided they did not attack France or French interests abroad. But as we have seen in France, Germany, Belgium and Great Britain, the terrorists end by wreaking havoc wherever they are being offered sanctuary. And this dire prediction is emerging more and more openly in South Africa. After Nigeria, it is clear that the jihadist movement aims to move in on the second largest economy on the continent.
Currently, South African Republic is the African country that benefits the most from funds from international investors, compared to other African countries. This is because the country is appreciated for its stability, despite having lost its position as the leading economic power on the continent, in favor of Nigeria. But the point where the country is now attracting jihadist terrorists is leading observers to sense imminent danger. For members of the UN Security Council there is serious concern not only for South Africa, but for the whole of southern Africa, or the entire African continent. In fact, some observers believe that it may be Nelson Mandela’s country that soon lets loose the most catastrophic jihadist movement. Because only there and nowhere else, all the branches of jihadists raging around the world are rubbing shoulders. Yet counterterrorism does not appear in the current concerns of Jacob Zuma. The South African president is also keeping his country away out of any meetings or coalitions seeking to make life difficult for the jihadists.