Fatima Patel and Ebrahim Patel

Fatima Patel:

Alias/es: None

Status: Detained

Organisation/s: Islamic State (suspected)

Nationality/ies: South African

Travel History: Unknown

Skills/Education/Occupation: Unknown

Ebrahim Patel:

Alias/es: None

Status: Detained

Organisation/s: Islamic State (suspected)

Nationality/ies: South African

Travel History: Unknown

Skills/Education/Occupation: Unknown

Fatima and Ebrahim Patel were arrested on the 9th of July 2016 with Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie in Azaadville on the West Rand, just West of Johannesburg. Fatima was found in possession of 21 bullets which led to a charge in contravention of the Firearms Control Act, and Ebrahim was charged under the Explosives Act after stun grenades were found in his house. The pair were soon released on R5000 bail.

In 2018, Fatima was arrested with her husband Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio and a Malawian national, Ahmad ‘Bazooka’ Mussa, for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of British botanists, Rod and Rachel Saunders.

Left to right: Fatima Patel, Aayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio and Ahmad ‘Bazooka’ Mussa.

In 2019, senior state prosecutor Mahen Naidu presented to the Verulam Family Court, the testimony of investigating officer Adriaan van Jaarsveld which detailed how sketches of key access and exit points of the court were found in Del Vecchio’s cell during a search on the 14th of May at the Westville Correctional Centre. As a result, Del Vecchio and Mussa were moved to Ebongweni maximum security prison in Kokstad.

The three accused are still awaiting trial.

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