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)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens4028150
Government321960
Business6420
Religious institutions3150
Journalists & Media2010
Transportation22320
Military1000
Educational institution1000


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
KwaZulu-Natal4237140
Western Cape148320
Free State9000
Eastern Cape7720
Limpopo4040
Gauteng3050
Northern Cape3110
North West2100
Cape Town1000
Mpumalanga1020


Terrorist organisations in South Africa

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
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.