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Government has assured South Africans that it will stop at nothing
to make sure its citizens are safe.
This follows the nine bomb blasts in Soweto, south of Johannesburg,
around midnight last night, which left a 42-year-old woman dead and
her husband seriously injured. He is being treated at the Chris
Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Police suspect a tenth bomb could have exploded outside a temple in
Bronkhortspruit. It is however unclear whether or not this blast is
indeed related to the other nine blasts.
Intelligence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said in a press conference in
Soweto yesterday that the country was once caught in the same
situation in the Western Cape but was able to contain it.
Justice minister Penuell Maduna said government was following all
leads but refrained from speculation at this stage.
"Our primary duty is to find the elements involved and stop their
activities," said Dr Maduna, adding that police would react with
Government has however appealed to the nation to remain calm but
vigilant and come forward with information they may have regarding
the bombings. Also present at the press briefing, safety and
security minister Charles Nqakula said: 'We are in control of the
situation. We are looking at everything.' The blasts damaged a
mosque in the Dlamini area and also cut railway lines between
Soweto and Johannesburg, according to police. Police disarmed two
more bombs including one at a service station along the Old
The first bomb went off near the New Canada railway station shortly
before midnight. The second blast rocked an informal settlement
near Protea South, killing the woman, while she lay asleep in her
shack. Shortly afterwards another explosion ripped a hole in the
northern wall of the mosque.
The safety and security cluster is compiling a profile of the
suspects as well as the type of bombs that were used based on the
available information from their forensic experts.
Meanwhile, the ministers have set off to inspect the affected areas