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Non-Western responses to terrorism$
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Michael J. Boyle

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526105813

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526105813.001.0001

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South Africa: Understanding South Africa’s confused and ineffective response to terrorism

South Africa: Understanding South Africa’s confused and ineffective response to terrorism

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18 South Africa: Understanding South Africa’s confused and ineffective response to terrorism
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Non-Western responses to terrorism
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Hussein Solomon

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526105813.003.0019

This chapter explores why the South African government’s responses to terrorism are confused and ineffective. A significant contributing factor is that the African National Congress (ANC), which has governed the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, was a former liberation movement who themselves were labelled `terrorist’ by Ronald Reagan’s United States and Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. While in exile, the ANC had forged close ties with other similarly labelled groups and these strong bonds have endured. This historical legacy negatively impacts the formulation and implementation of current counter-terrorism policies. What the ANC government needs to understand is that the nature of the terrorist threat has radically morphed in the past few decades, from terrorist movements pursuing limited political goals to religious terrorist movements with global pretensions and absolutely no possibility of compromise.

Keywords:   South Africa, counter-terrorism, African National Congress (ANC), Al Qaeda

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