Statement: State Security says no immediate threat to US interests in South Africa


South Africa’s Ministry of State Security assures that there is no threat to U.S. facilities or interests in South Africa after law enforcement agencies investigated warnings of a possible attack by “extremists”. This comes after the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Pretoria alerted its citizens on Tuesday, 8 September, of such an attack on South African soil.


The Ministry of State Security has noted media reports relating to the statement issued by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa relating to security concerns.

We confirm that there has been an interaction between ourselves and the U.S. authorities on this matter. At this stage we can confirm that after verification of same by our law enforcement agencies, there appears to be no immediate threat or danger. We will however continue to monitor the situation, working with everyone including the U.S. authorities.

We also wish to reassure the public that government will continue its efforts to ensure the safety of all citizens and residents.

We reiterate our resolve to work with members of the international community in creating a safer and secure world and to ensure that South Africa remains a safe destination for anyone who wishes to travel here.