Violent extremism in South Africa: assessing the current threat

2017-05-17

Transnational extremist groups are expanding their networks across the globe. South Africa has been linked to al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda and, more recently, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, with 60–100 South Africans estimated to have joined the group. The country also has a history of violent extremism stemming from domestic grievances that remain prevalent. Based on interviews with 40 stakeholders, this brief examines the threat that violent extremism poses to South Africa and the government’s response to this challenge.


About the authors

Raeesah Cassim Cachalia is a junior researcher in the Transnational Threats and International Crime Programme of the ISS.

Albertus Schoeman is a consultant in the Transnational Threats and International Crime Programme of the ISS.

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