At least 23 from SA have joined IS

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A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa in 2014. Picture: Stringer. 
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As Muslim clerics went to mosques on Friday to deliver a “national unified” sermon warning about Islamic State activities in the country, it emerged that at least 23 South Africans, including families, have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join combat.

But the State Security Agency could only say that international terrorism and active recruitments within social media is a matter of concern that required all efforts.

“It’s a reality that we must deal with. The minister made it known that the department will engage with a wide range of stakeholders as part of its mandate to secure South Africa,” said State Security Agency spokesman Brian Dube.

On Friday, Al Jazeera revealed that at least 23 people, including eight families with children had left the country to join IS as recruits in the past year.

This, according to Al Jazeera, was confirmed by a Turkish foreign ministry official who said about a dozen South Africans were detained and subsequently deported back for attempting to reach IS territory last month.

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