South Africa has announced in a parliamentary meeting that they are ready to help fight the insurgency-struck Mozambique by offering their intelligence services or military power. However, this is only if Mozambique first asks for their assistance.
South Africa has previously received threats from ISIS for them not to get involved or support Mozambique.
NewsliteSA previously reported on the threats that were sent to the South African government.
“A week ago[1st July 2020], the radical group Al Sounnah wa Djama’ah, a fragmentation of the Islamic State (Isis) who also called themselves Al-Shabaab (“the youth”), announced that they were fighting a battle in South Africa if the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) were to help the Mozambican government defeat their “justified rebellion”, according to Isis’ latest newsletter, Al-Naba .”
The US has also previously warned South Africa that ISIS in Mozambique is a “real threat” and should be dealt with properly.
“Maj.Gen. Dagvin Anderson, commander of the US Special Forces Command for Africa, issued the warning while warning that private military contractors should not be used in the fight against the militants.”
South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor has recently spoken in the parliamentary committee and has said that the SADC has asked Mozambique to provide the South African government with a roadmap on how they can assist.
“If it is more intelligence support, if it is the South African navy patrolling the coast, if it is assistance from our defense force, we as South Africa stand ready, but we must have that indication from the government of Mozambique,” Pandor said.
“Mozambique is a sovereign country, if it needs assistance from any of us it would ask for it. … But should South Africa be jumping into Mozambique without any request from the country, without any indication as to where it needs help? I’m not sure that we can do that,”