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 63 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 39 people have been killed and 60 injured.

In 1 incedents a total of 1 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

Topic page: Terrorism


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Most frequent attack targets in South Africa

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens3427150
Government201061
Religious institutions2050
Business2020
Transportation22320
Journalists & Media1000
Military1000
Educational institution1000


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
KwaZulu-Natal3231181
Free State9000
Western Cape82320
Eastern Cape5520
Gauteng3050
Northern Cape3110
Cape Town1000
Mpumalanga1020
North West1000


Terrorist organisations in South Africa

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Economic Freedom Fighters7000
National Freedom Party1101
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.