n Journal for Contemporary History - Black widow, white widow: Is Al Qaeda operating in South Africa?, De Wet Potgieter : book review

Volume 39, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



"Incisive", "courageous" and "scary" were some of the words which sprang to mind whilst reading De Wet Potgieter's latest book. This publication reflects two years of investigative journalism at its best. The book examines Al Qaeda's presence in South Africa by explaining how terrorists take advantage of corrupt state machinery through acquiring identity documents and passports by fraudulent means. This, together with South Africa's ridiculously porous borders, resulted in Al Qaeda's former head, Osama bin Laden, describing South Africa as "open territory".

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