The so called Islamic States (IS) group is believed by many to be the world’s wealthiest militant group.
This is why many countries world wide strive to cast war and contain the spread of the militant group close to their borders.
South Africa is not left out, as it had severally pledged to support fight against terrorism within and outside the walls of its borders.
Home Affairs department announced that key ports at the OR Tambo International Airport have been upped following the arrest of a suspected member of Islamic State (IS) over the festive period.
On December 16, 2016, a Syrian national, a suspected extremist and known member of IS, traveled to South Africa and was stopped and refused entry at OR Tambo. He was apprehended with two passports, (Uruguayan and Syrian, in his possession).
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the Syrian national wasn’t arrested but was sent back to where he committed the transgression “because he did not break any South African law.”
South Africa had an outrageous outburst of immigrants in the year 2016, recording an amazing increase of 3.7% visitors entering the country at the national ports.
OR Tambo International Airport, recorded a total of 977 961 visitors between December 9, 2016, and January 14, 2017, compared with 948 477 in the same period in 2015/16.
Gigaba said at a media briefing on Wednesday that the department is already working hard towards putting more reliable plans on the ground and to also appoint 58 immigration officials soon. Hopefully, its whopping R25 million for the 2017-18 financial year will go a long way in cementing these plans.
Though Muslims denounce IS members, some Muslims across the world still swear allegiance to its leader – Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai, better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.