The Johannesburg courtroom where the Thulsie twins — accused of terrorism-related activities — are to appear was under lockdown on Tuesday.
Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie‚ 24‚ are appearing on three counts of terrorism-related activities. They are believed to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) movement with prosecutors and police alleging that the brothers were planning on attacking US and Jewish interests in South Africa.
The Thulsies are also alleged to have twice tried to fly to Syria to join IS.
Family of the accused — who kept to themselves and avoided the media — gathered outside courtroom 13 at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.
Looking nervous and clutching each other‚ they said prayers as they waited to be allowed entry‚ with police investigators waiting close by.
A tight security cordon had been erected around the courtroom by police.
A source from the Hawks said investigations had progressed “well“.
“There maybe some interesting developments coming out this morning‚” the officer said.
The Thulsies‚ along with Ibrahim and Fatima Patel‚ were arrested earlier this month by the Hawks in anti-terrorism raids across Gauteng.
The Patels‚ who appeared in court on Monday‚ have been charged with the illegal possession of ammunition and explosives.
— TMG Digital/The Times