WATCH: ISIS-linked couple’s homestead near Ngoye

Dr Rachel and Rodney Saunders have been missing for three weeks - PHOTO: File

IN a shocking twist in the case of missing botanists Dr Rachel and Rodney Saunders, an affidavit has revealed details of the ISIS loyalists’ who planned their moves carefully before pouncing on the elderly couple.

The affidavit was submitted to the Verulam Magistrates Court on Tuesday where the three accused in the case of the missing the Saunders appeared for their bail application.

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Advocate Jay Naidoo, acting on behalf of Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio (38) and Fatima Patel (27), who are married under traditional Islamic law and have been linked to ISIS, told the court that he needed time to consult with his clients and was unprepared to commence with a formal bail application.

Meanwhile Thembamandla Xulu (19), the third accused in the case, will have to wait to hear if he will be granted bail as Magistrate Vallaraman Kathuravaloo reserved his judgement.

They are all expected to appear back in court on 22 March.

See previously unpublished photo’s from the day of the arrests of Del Vecchio and Patel – including a picture of the ISIS flag at their homestead.


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