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Thulsie Twins: Al-Jama’ah denounces alleged foreign involvement

by Zahid Jadwat

CAPE TOWN – The Al-Jama’ah Political Party has denounced the alleged involvement of British and American agents in the arrest of the Thulsie Twins and is demanding their immediate release. The party says the nation owes the family an apology.


Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were arrested during raids in Azaadville and Newclare in Johannesburg in July 2016 after being accused of planning attacks on Jewish and American interests in South Africa. 


Speaking to Salaamedia, leader of Al-Jama’ah, Ganief Hendricks, claimed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola misled parliament when he denied foreign involvement in the case in a reply to a question posed by Hendricks.


“As a member of Parliament, that is unacceptable; that is completely unconstitutional. We can’t allow other countries to run our security service in South Africa.”
“As far as the Thulsie matter is concerned, they must have their day in court and the law must take its course,” said Hendricks.

At the time, authorities said they had intercepted data linking the twins to a military group. Their trial had been delayed several times for various reasons, including their legal teams being changed.

Hendricks also denounced the narrative that Islamic extremism is brewing within the borders of South Africa and reiterated his support for the twins. He added that “they should be released immediately and the nation should apologise to the Thulsie family”.


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