July 13, 2016
Statement from Ambassador Gaspard following announcement of arrests of four suspected terrorists on July 9, 2016
I am pleased to join South Africans in commending the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) and other law enforcement agencies on the July 9 arrest of terrorists suspected of planning attacks on the U.S. Mission of the United States and other sites. I thank them for their efforts to keep our employees at the U.S. Embassy safe, and for their efforts to ensure the safety and security of all Americans in South Africa. The American citizens who choose to make South Africa their home work not only at the Embassy, but across South Africa, where they are your neighbors, and members of your schools, businesses, and communities. The arrests demonstrate what is possible through cooperation, which keeps citizens of both of our countries safe. I am honored by the opportunity to continue to work with the South African law enforcement agencies that contribute so significantly to the safety and security of South Africa and the region.