1 minute read
12 Nov 2020
5:03 am

SA can’t afford to help in Moz war


On the other hand, an uncontrolled Islamic jihadist insurgency could well spill across our borders and cost South African lives.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 24, 2019 remains of a burned and destroyed home are seen in the recently attacked village of Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia. Picture: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Reports that 50 civilians were gruesomely beheaded by Islamic State-linked terrorists in Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique should bring home to us, here in complacent South Africa, that we have a horrific insurgency happening next door. And, by all accounts, the Mozambique government – despite support and advice from some South African-based security companies – is battling to contain the problem. While there have been calls for South African troops to become involved – hands-on and weapons “hot” – in the rapidly growing war, the situation, both in Mozambique and here at home, needs to be evaluated very carefully. On...