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SA’s inept security cluster makes it a haven for terrorists, including ISIS

Experts have complained about the SA’s inept security organs, corruption and lawlessness, making it an attractive destination for those involved with international terrorist groups, after US authorities launched Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) agents into the country. had unmasked.

This week US authorities linked four agents designated by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ISIS-Mozambique (ISIS-M).

The two South African The Vanir-exoduss, a Tanzanian and an Ethiopian, were sanctioned as organizers and financial facilitators in SA, playing an increasingly central role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa .

US authorities allege that Farhad Hoomer of KwaZulu-Natal, Siraaj Miller of Mitchells Plain, Ethiopian Abdella Hussein Abadigga and Kenyan Peter Charles Mbaga are involved as mediators in recruitment, robbery, kidnapping and extortion to raise money for ISIS activities.

The SA National Defense Force (SANDF) and other forces in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are currently engaged in a battle to end the bloody Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Also read: Mozambique insurgents are unlikely to come to the negotiating table, expert says

An SA soldier is one of 11 SADC soldiers killed in the intervention of the insurgency.

Fertile ground for terrorists

Professor Theodore Petrus, anthropologist from the University of the Free State, said the discovery of ISIS operations in SA raised the issue of crime and the inability of local authorities to fight it.

Petrus said corruption and the ineffectiveness of law enforcement and security services have made SA fertile ground for terrorist operations.

Corruption will perhaps be the only weak link that makes all forms of crime and crime possible, whether domestic or from outside the country, allowing it to take root and possibly even prosper.

“If you combine these two factors; ineffectiveness of the relevant law enforcement structures and corruption, not only creates a fertile ground for homegrown crime, but also exposes the country to crime and even, as in this case, possible terrorism from outside the borders.” Peter explained.

wake up call

As an independent security analyst, Richard Chelin said the sanctions of the SA-based ISIS agents reflect what was already known about the threat ISIS posed to SA, especially in the finance sector.

He said that terrorist groups would be primarily attracted by the efficiency of the financial system, and that they will always need it to raise the money and finance their operations.

Chelin said this also further confirmed what scholars, analysts and researchers have been saying in recent years, which is that SA needs to be more careful, especially in the area of ​​finance, and take the prevention of terrorist financing seriously.

“It’s a good thing that the US has been able to get that and I think this is now creating more awareness for officials in financial institutions to be more careful and take a closer look at the finances and also their customers.” , he said.

The way forward is to further apply the financial regulations related to terrorist financing globally, which Chellin SA was quite good at, although there is always room for improvement.

He said it was important to go back to the drawing board to see why such cases of ISIS operations were not picked up, then move on from there and find ways to strengthen the system.

“…one of the key aspects to stifle terrorism is through its financing…that’s a positive aspect of it that will lead to stricter measures in customer vetting,” Chellin added.

What the US Sanctions Mean?

The designation or sanction of the four basically means that they are prevented from doing business with the US.

According to the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, all properties and entities owned by the four have been blocked.

This prohibits all transactions by US persons or anyone within the United States (including transactions through the United States) involving property or interests in the property of designated or otherwise blocked persons.

The prohibitions include making or receiving any contribution of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of those persons

The US authorities warned that entering into certain transactions with the designated persons carries the risk of secondary sanctions for a foreign financial institution that knowingly conducts or facilitates important transactions on behalf of the entities associated with the designated persons.

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