South Africa Sees No Immediate Extremist Threat, Minister Says

South Africa has assessed information it received regarding a potential extremist threat and concluded there is no immediate danger, government says.

“We’ve done an assessment, we’ve come to a conclusion that there’s no immediate danger” to South Africa, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo said on PowerFM radio on Wednesday.

The U.S. diplomatic mission in Pretoria received information that extremists may be targeting U.S. interests in South Africa, to possibly include U.S. government facilities and other facilities identifiable with U.S. business interests, it said in a security message yesterday. There was no additional information as to timing or potential targeting.

“What we’ll never do is to relax, because the Americans are concerned. We take their concern very seriously,” Mahlobo said. “There’s no need to panic. We are not overly concerned. There’s no immediate threat that we are actually facing,” he said.