Though Nkoana-Mashabane acknowledged that Africa is part of the global village and is therefore not immune to terrorism, she said Pretoria’s concern is that insurgency on the continent “comes in different guises”.
“In some areas it is about so-and-so doesn’t speak so-and-so’s language,” she said. “In some places it uses religion.”
Africa’s current major headache with rebellion is attacks by Islamic militants Boko Haram in Nigeria, which has ramped up its kidnapping of women and children. Africa is also still grappling with insurgency in Somalia and Libya, among other countries. In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, a fresh rebellion by the Renamo group has been brewing in Mozambique.