Hawks make arrests as suspected ISIS terrorists target tourists in Northern KZN

The kidnapping of two South African-Britons on February 12 at the Bivane dam in Vryheid has led the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) to arrest a couple who are suspected of having links to terrorist group ISIS.

Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio (38) and Fatima Patel (27) are facing charges of kidnapping, robbery and arson.

The couple is accused of setting on fire hectares of canefields in 2017 worth R2 million at Tongaat-Hulett plantations.

The North Coast Courier reports that Hawks spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “They are also facing possible violation of Protection Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorists and Other Related Activities (POCDATARA). The Priority Crime Litigation Unit (PCLU) from is providing assistance with the prosecution.”

The accused appeared briefly at the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They are expected to appear again on March 1 for a formal application.

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