South Africa is as vulnerable as any other part of the world when it comes to the recruitment for terrorist groups. (CapeTalk).
South Africa is as vulnerable as any other part of the world when it comes to the recruitment for terrorist groups.
This is according to Jasmine Opperman, Director of Trac Africa (Terrorism Research and Analysis).
Opperman says online platforms and social networks make the country increasingly vulnerable to threats of terrorism.
There have been reports of terror cells in the past. We are tracking Twitter accounts and two or three of them have expressed blatant support to terrorists organisations. — Jasmine Opperman, Director of Trac Africa.
5 phases involved in the recruitment to global terrorist groups. (Capetalk).
According to Cilliers each individual recruitment story is different and nuanced. However, generally, there are various phases involved in recruiting individuals to radical causes. These phases include the following:
1. The awareness phase: This is when an individual has the cause or movement brought to their attention.
2. The identification phase: This is when an individual begins to identify with the ideologies of a group and develops a sense of belonging.
3. The engagement phase: This is when the individual begins to engage in the political discourse. They start communicating and corresponding on the issues, often using digital technology.
4. The reinforcement phase: This is the point at which the individual feels validated and taps into virtual collective of like-minded thinking. This, according to Cilliers, is an accelerator of radical ideology.
5. The action phase: This is when the individuals behaviour begins to change and their thoughts are translated into action and other efforts.
The purpose of global terrorism is to create divides and othering. And the answer to terrorism is not retribution; it is to find a way of inclusion and bringing all societies together, because that is the counter ideology to the kind destructive radicalism we see globally.