-Four South Africans are in custody for planning to attack Jewish buildings and US Embassy in Pretoria.
-They were caught while trying to travel to Syria.
Four South Africans, including twins, Brandon and Tony-Lee-Lee Thulsie, faced charges in court ranging from conspiracy to firearms offenses, the spokesperson for the elite Hawks unit Police, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.
The four, arrested in Jo’burg on Sunday, will be held in custody until July 19, when their case will be heard, Mulaudzi said.
Citing the charge sheet, the new organization News24 said the twins had tried to go to Syria. Security officials say there is no known militant groups operating in South Africa, Britain, and the United States have warned in June of a high threat of attacks against foreigners in shopping malls.
Mulaudzi named the two other siblings, Fatima and Mohammed Ibrahim Patel.
“The indictment speaks on issues of terrorist plots they planned against the US Embassy and the Jewish buildings in the country,” he said, referring to the twins.
“The twins have been charged with conspiracy,”Mulaudzi said. “The Patels were charged with violation of firearms control Act for now.”
preliminary charge sheet states that their conspiracy took place between October 2015 and July 8 this year, the local newspaper, the Times said on its online service.