The United States warned its citizens on Saturday of possible attacks by Islamist militants on US facilities or shopping malls in South Africa during the upcoming month of Ramadan, South Africa's foreign affairs ministry played down the threat.
"The state security agency and other security agencies in this country are very much capable of keeping South Africa safe and everybody in this country, including Americans," spokesman Clayson Monyela was quoted as saying by local media. "The last time they did this, towards the end of last year, nothing came out of that advisory."
In September last year the US advised its citizens in South Africa to be on heightened alert against attack, saying extremists may target American interests in the country. The US regularly warns its citizens around the world to beware of terror attacks, but Saturday's note was specific about the targets and the imminence of the threat. South Africa has so far escaped the ISIS attacks seen in several other African countries.