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Discovery cooperating with Hawks over terror investigation

Discovery has confirmed that one of the terror suspects is an employee.

Brandon-Lee & Tony-Lee Thulsie. Picture: Facebook.com.

PRETORIA - Discovery says it is cooperating fully with the Hawks' terror investigation, after it emerged that one of the suspects is an employee of the company.

The employee, Brandon-Lee Thulsie, has since been locked out of their campus as management initiates its own investigation into the matter.

The Hawks arrested Thulsie and his twin brother Toni-Lee over the weekend on terrorism charges. The brothers appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The 23-year-old siblings are accused of plotting attacks against American and Jewish interests in South Africa, as well as attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.

A Discovery spokesperson said that Thulsie had worked at the company since October 2014 but declined to provide any further details because the matter was still under investigation. She added that Discovery condemned any act or attempted act of terror, and that they were cooperating fully with the authorities.

Group Chief Executive Adrian Gore told staff in an email that Thulsie's access to their campus has been suspended and that management would do everting possible to ensure the safety of employees.

Gore said that Thulsie had not been at work for about two weeks prior to his arrest.

Meanwhile, the US state department in Washington has praised the Hawks for their handling of the case.