US Warns of Imminent Terror Attack in South Africa, Targeting US Citizens at Malls

On June 4, 2016 – the US Embassy released an Official Statement warning of imminent terror attacks targeting US citizens, visiting malls and places where US citizens congregate in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Terrorism in South Africa has not been seen as a significant threat to the security of the state since the end of apartheid. The US however believes the treat is imminent and warrants a travel warning.

The Security Message

“The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This information comes against the backdrop of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s public call for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan.”

US Citizen Non-Natural Deaths

The table below lists the date, location and cause of death for each non-natural death of a US Citizen in South Africa, from January 2015 to December  2015.

South Africa
Date City Cause of Death
12-19-2015 Cape Town Veh. Accid-Motorcy.
07-29-2015 Cape Town, Western Cape Homicide
09-04-2015 Elliotdale, Eastern Cape Drowning

Listen: SA State Security spokesperson & an analyst on US terror threats on Radio 702

‘No need for panic’, says South African State Security spokesperson.