Following the report about the four terror suspects Hawks arrested, emerging reports divulged that two of the suspects were SA brothers.
The terror suspects were linked to ISIS. And, were reportedly plotting to detonate explosives at US embassy and ‘Jewish institution’ in South Africa.
Their charge sheet at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court said they intended to spread feelings of terror, fear and panic in the civilian population of South Africa.
“The accused unlawfully and intentionally conspired to commit the crime of terrorism by planning to cause explosions at the United States of America and Jewish institutions.
(Their intention was) to endanger life, cause death and serious bodily harm… Such conspiracy and incitement was intended to cause and spread feelings of terror, fear or panic in the civilian population of South Africa and particular the US and Jewish sector thereof and to intimidate the government of the United States of America.
(it) was directly or indirectly in whole or part to further the political, religious or ideological motives and objectives of an international terrorist organisation which has been designated by the security council of the United Nations, namely the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” read an excerpt of the charge sheet.
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.
The brothers identified as Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie are both 24-years old. The other two suspects will appear before the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court today.