Fear in the City Urban: Terrorism in South Africa

"This study begins with the question: ‘What is terrorism?’ This is an important question to ask when looking at urban terrorism in a South African context where it can be difficult to distinguish between terrorist as opposed to criminally motivated bombings and assassinations. At the time of writing no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing campaign in Cape Town. Government ministers responsible for security and justice have laid the blame for the bombings firmly at the door of People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad). This study looks at Pagad, its history, objectives and changing aims between 1996 and 2000 to establish whether the available evidence justifies the ministers’ allegations."