BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that four terror suspects have been arrested by Hawks.
The terror suspects aged between 20 and 24 years were allegedly, working in terrorism related activities in Gauteng. Hawks arrested them in a joint operation with the National Intervention Unit, Bomb Squad and other law enforcement agencies.
As learnt, the anti-terror raids took place in Newclare and Azaadville, Johannesburg.
SAPS related in a media statement that the arrests follows protracted investigations by the Hawks and the State Security.
The security departments intel informed them about possible terror related activities in the Johannesburg area.
“Four suspects were identified after they attempted to travel to Syria in 2015. They were however refused by an international airline to travel after they were informed of their intentions.
…Members of the Hawks swooped on their locations, where several items were seized for analysis,” read the statement.
Commenting, Hawks’ National Head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said South Africa must step up its security measures against terrorism.
“It is clear that the arrest of the four is very big step forward in the fight against terrorism. But we cannot say that the problem has been solved. This terrorist organizations are recruiting in our country.
We will continue to work around the clock to prevent any form of recruitment on our soil. We will remain on high alert to make sure that we safeguard our citizenry and residents alike.
We will diffuse any attempts to form any terrorist groups in our country. Our people should also be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police,” Ntlemeza remarked.
Meanwhile two of the suspects will appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court on Monday facing terrorist related charges while the remaining suspects will appear at Kagiso Magistrate Court on firearms and explosives related charges the same day.