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Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South African police arrest four terrorism suspects bound for Syria

South African police arrest four terrorism suspects bound for Syria

The national head of the Hawks, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, said because these threats were likely, South Africa could not rest on its laurels.

The NPA's Phindi Louw says they had planned attacks in Johannesburg between 2015 and this year.

Four suspected South African Islamic State (IS) recruits, arrested during a raid by the country's special investigations unit in Johannesburg, appeared in court on Monday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the couple and two other people, aged 20 and 24, were arrested following protracted investigations by the Hawks and State Security of possible terror-related activities in the Joburg area.

"They were arrested in a joint operation by the Hawks, the National Intervention Unit, bomb squad and other law enforcement agencies", he said.

"Investigations showed they meant to join terrorist group ISIS", Hangwani told News24, a local news outlet.

"We are not at liberty to say what those plans were‚" Mulaudzi said.

"(These) terrorist organizations are recruiting in our country. law enforcement agencies will continue to work around the clock to prevent any form of recruitment on our soil", he was quoted as saying. We will remain on high alert to make sure that we safeguard our citizenry and residents alike. "Our people should also be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police", Ntlemeza said in a statement.

Twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie have been charged with three counts, related to terrorism and appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court this morning.

"We infiltrated the group after receiving information on them and their plans".

The South African government dismissed the alerts and said, while it was aware of the security alerts, there was no immediate danger.

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