Picketers calling for a fair trial and bail for the terrorism-accused Thulsie twins were standing outside the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court ahead of their bail hearing.
Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie failed in their bid to challenge their arrest at the Johannesburg High Court and face charges related to an alleged plan to bomb a Unites States mission in Pretoria as well as Jewish institutions.
While the 24-year-olds maintained that the state had no reasonable grounds to suspect them of planning the terrorist acts, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) insisted it had a strong case against them, including ties with international extremist group, the Islamic State.
The two were arrested after a Hawks raid at their homes last month, along with two other linked suspects charged with illegal weapon possession.
The NGO representing the family of the twins, Cage Africa, has criticised the manner in which the brothers were arrested, which they have claimed was conducted unlawfully.
Bail hearing has been postponed to October 11.