Terrorism in South Africa

The risk of terrorist attacks in South Africa over the past years can be classified as almost insignificant. Compared to other countries here are only quite a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 87 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 54 people have been killed and 61 injured.

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Most frequent attack targets in South Africa

(2013 to 2017)

Private citizens4028150
Religious institutions3150
Journalists & Media2010
Educational institution1000

Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

Western Cape148320
Free State9000
Eastern Cape7720
Northern Cape3110
North West2100
Cape Town1000

Terrorist organisations in South Africa

Economic Freedom Fighters7000
Ses'khona Peoples' Rights Movement1000

All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
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