'Tik' tourist wants his passport back
Cape Town - A British tourist is struggling to get his passport back from home affairs after he was arrested when police mistook the bath salts he was carrying for tik, Beeld reported on Thursday.
Peter Parnell, 34, was absolved of wrongdoing by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court nearly a week ago.
He was arrested on February 29 when police thought he was carrying 9.5kg of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as tik. David Mbuzwana, Parnell's lawyer, told Beeld tests conducted on the substance found in Parnell's possession confirmed it was bath salts.
The home affairs department had Parnell rearrested on Friday, and requested a warrant to deport him. This was turned down, as Parnell had proof he intended leaving the country on March 23.
"Since Monday however, home affairs has refused to return my passport," Parnell told the newspaper.
According to him, the department wanted him to sign a form stating he was forced to leave the country.
"I want to go home. They don't have to force me," he said.