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'Tik' tourist wants his passport back

2012-03-22 11:37

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.

Comments
  • billidp - 2012-03-22 11:43

    So instead of apologising to the guy for a false arrest they are "FORCING" him to leave? NICE PR, IDIOTS!!!!

      Ryan - 2012-03-22 12:12

      Airport security"Laptops!? Out, Take it out! Bath Salts, Ha ah it must come out! Guns, no that is fine, you can keep it"

      John - 2012-03-22 12:33

      Some rife idiot at Home Affairs smelled his Pounds and Euros and wants a bribe. Moegoes!!

      Warren - 2012-03-22 12:56

      Welcome to South Africa, Peter Parnell.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-22 13:00

      Teach him for trying to smell better! What makes him think he can come and spend his money in our country? We don't need tourists who refuse to sign documents implicating themselves in cases of gross stupidity by others. He planned it all along just to embarass our hard working civil servants. Mmm let's see how many don't get the sarc.

      Janice - 2012-03-22 13:12

      How embarrasing for our country!!!!!

      Simon - 2012-03-22 16:10

      5 so far Squeegee...... great post!

  • Kobus - 2012-03-22 11:46

    Nows the wait to get it back. tik tok tik tok

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-03-22 12:25

      Only tok,tok as 'tik' can get you arrested.. hahahahah

      Michael - 2012-03-22 12:47

      at least the guy has the cleanest, sweetest smelling sinuses in the world

      Squeegee - 2012-03-22 13:02

      I'll bet you they lost it or it was stolen... Any takers?

      Schmee - 2012-03-22 13:15

      Maybe they are just tikked off that he was taking our bath salts out the country. How can we allow those bloody agents to smell better than we do.

      Prinqulesh - 2012-03-22 13:59

      He will later find that he is now married to a Nigerian.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-22 20:21

      Prinqulesh. Hahaha. Good one. Actually he may find out he is now a Nigerian, or dead or even worse, a civil servant.

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-22 11:47

    Another low blow for South African tourism. The refusal to issue the man his passport will lead to a decline in tourists from England coming to visit SA, since they will fear a similar fate.

      Rob - 2012-03-22 12:37

      There will always be people who want to experience animals without cages, particularly two legged ones.

  • Neil - 2012-03-22 11:48

    Very good advertising for S.A.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-22 11:53

    Home affairs is busy making "copies" first! No lights at the cop shop,no tourists,things really going downhill fast!

  • Johannes - 2012-03-22 11:53

    geen mens, dit is te naar!

  • echowles - 2012-03-22 11:54

    Knowing home affairs they probably lost his passport and are stalling trying to find it.

      Bibi - 2012-03-22 12:09

      Sold to the highest bidder.

  • wilrich.niehaus - 2012-03-22 11:54

    I hope he get's his passport back real soon, but who flies around with 9.5 kg of bath salts?

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 12:02

      but still...I have never touched, smelt or seen tik, but i think even I can tell the difference between tik and bath salts

      Bibi - 2012-03-22 12:12

      Someone who likes to bath, maybe resell it etc.

      Ronel - 2012-03-22 12:29

      What? 9kg Bath salts!Didn't he know we have thousands of shops that sell bath goodies?

      Heibrin - 2012-03-22 14:14

      @wilrich: what if he bought it as samples, with the intent to export it to the UK? Imagine how many jobs could have been created / foreign exchange generated with such a business. All down the tubes, thanks to incompetence!

      Belinda - 2012-03-22 21:43

      My thoughts exactly, why was he carrying 9.5kg bath salts that were 'mistaken' for tik? Was it all in cute bottles, pinks and blues and greens, as bath salts are usually presented.... or was it a big bag of little white crystals? Why would a man be transporting it like that anyway? Hmm, I wonder how many kg's of something else (like cocaine) came through in another passengers case. Talk about throwing the dogs off the trail. ACSA Security should have searched EVERY other passenger on that plane. Duh!

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 11:56

    What a bunch of dumb stupid a..holes. That customs wanted to check out this powder, no problem, But than as soon as they discovered , they were wrong, apologies , give his passport back, and possibly pay for his holiday. The tourist trade just cannot afford this kind of incidents!!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 12:09

      For once I agree with you. We really don't need this kind of stupidity at customs. Signing a forced removal statement might jeopardize future visits to other countries.

  • Tanie - 2012-03-22 12:01

    Our officials have the right to arrest who ever they think is breaking the law, until their suspicions are cleared. I do not see any wrong doing here, just because you are a tourist bringing money in this country, doesn't mean you are immune to being stopped and searched. Go to his country if you do not know what is stop and search,it is even racially motivated.

      Bibi - 2012-03-22 12:11

      Of course Oom Kriel, but if he is not guilty, give him his passport back.

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 12:12

      I agree with the search and it is even worse there (in the UK), but why hold his passport after he was cleared? (That is actually what the article is about.) It is just plain nonsense.

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-03-22 12:15

      @OOM KRIEL - No-one is saying that tourists are exempt from being searched. The issue here is how they are treating him AFTER he was absolved of any wrong-doing. He should have had his passport returned to him immediately with a further 6 months stay stamped into his book, with a genuine apology! How would you feel if you were wrongfully arrested and when the police find out that THEY made a mistake, they still treat you like a criminal? Read the article properly before you comment!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 12:19

      Listen people this guy was doing a trial run , if he got through the next time would have been the real deal.... Who carries almost 10kgs of bath salts half way round the world. I have had personal experience in NZ customs and this is what drug cartels do. Trial runs are par for the course when it comes to drug mules.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 12:58

      @Bluzulu, Tourists travel with the most weird stuff, if we would have to arrest everyone with a "suspicion half our tourists would be in jail. SA is not a police state!!!!!!! Remember, hundreds of thousands of South Africans are depended on the foreign) tourist trade !!!!!!!!!!

      rory.creffield - 2012-03-22 13:00

      Stop and search in his country is not racially motivated what a load of crap!

      Syd - 2012-03-22 13:02

      You chop! No one is denying they have the right to search but when they proved wrong they should apologize and return your belongings. SA slides deeper into banana republichood every day.

      tchica3 - 2012-03-22 13:04

      Or course you would not. And I sure if the shoe was on you foot you wouuld be sreaming. This Iam sure. Give the guy hiss passport and say sorry. Whats the hell is wrong with SA.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-22 13:05

      @ Africa, Agreed , unfortunately drug mules use this same cover as a method of bringing /taking drugs . The customs are just doing their job, every once in a while a honest mistake is made however looking at the facts here this character was completing a trial run.

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 13:07

      @ Rory - Next time you go through Heathrow dress in clothing associated with the Middle East ... then tell me about no racial motivated searches.

      rory.creffield - 2012-03-22 13:17

      @Pierre, now if I was to dress up in Middle Eastern dress. I would definitely be searched. Racial or ethnic profiling is not used as a reason to stop and search someone at an airport or in the street or anywhere in the UK. You have to have grounds to stop and search someone. If you take this case for example as passenger is stopped because an x-ray shows and odd looking package. Theres you grounds the same would happen in the UK. When you go through customs in the UK they ask specific questions and look at documentation if they suspect something they have the grounds to invetigate further and interview you. Nothing about it is racial. Seeing as its BORDER CONTROL 95% of people entering the UK will be from other racial or cultural backgrounds.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-22 12:02

    well done stupid people in power well done!

  • Johann - 2012-03-22 12:04

    He is a lucky man , they could have " planted " tik on him to make sure they do not have egg on there faces.

      Michael - 2012-03-22 12:49

      or they could just admit to having lost his passport

  • Nick - 2012-03-22 12:16

    typical anc muppets tourist get chased away and we welcome the criminal element from moz and zim with open arms well done anc well done

  • Moi - 2012-03-22 12:17

    I would think that they owe him an apology for the false arrest???

  • Cliff - 2012-03-22 12:19

    It was Tik, now it is not - where has tik gone?

      Koos - 2012-03-22 12:22

      Someone soaking in it maybe? Now put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • Previn - 2012-03-22 12:20

    a case of Tik for Tat

  • Hermann - 2012-03-22 12:21

    Hellooooo Africa!!!!!! Reminds me of my years in the then Zaïre now the (un)Democratic Republic of Congo.The megalomaniacs are becoming more here at home. Hang my head in shame.

  • Ian - 2012-03-22 12:40

    You can kiss your passport goodbey!!! In SA common sense is no so common to everybody

  • Shamiela - 2012-03-22 12:40

    lol, thats our police and justice system they make us proud "NOT". So they want it on paper that they through him out of the country cause he was in possesion of bath salts Haaaaaa..... what idiots, dont they get it he wants to leave and I totally understand why!!! Why dont they watch their own South African Tik Kopper and try and rid our streets of these people thats commiting all kinds of crimes and infecting our kids with these drugs? It is like a freaken disease!

  • Buhle - 2012-03-22 12:44

    Eish!!! Here comes ANOTHER lawsuit for S.A.....

  • rinesh.chetty - 2012-03-22 12:54

    This guy is dealing drugs, the 9,5kg of "bath salts" is a chemically altered form of methamethamines and he was intending on distributing in s.a. The guys in the u.s are having major problems with "bath salts", our guys are right to detain him.

      Penny - 2012-03-22 13:38

      I don't know enough to comment, but it does seem a little bit strange to be travelling with 9,5 kg of bath salts. And I would rather they stopped one person with bath salts by mistake than to allow one person through with 9,5 kgs of tik because they weren't being careful enough.

      Bibi - 2012-03-22 13:55

      The police (I assume the forensic dept) tested the bath salts.

      Penny - 2012-03-22 15:50

      @ Bibi.. the same police who are so stupid they don't want to give his passport back? just asking...

  • Tony - 2012-03-22 12:56

    How to win tourists and influence tour operators!

  • Christopher - 2012-03-22 13:08

    Bath salts = Tik...POLICE ARE IDIOTS!!!!! DUMB DUMB DUMB!!!

  • Brendan - 2012-03-22 13:10

    Seems like a lot of bath salts for one dude!!

      harley1 - 2012-03-22 16:12

      he was on the way to mavericks it was a gift for the girls ha ha

  • Lynda - 2012-03-22 13:11

    I bet he wants to go home.....probably can't get away from our bungling incompetence quick enough

  • Patricia - 2012-03-22 13:14

    Do you honestly believe that it is bath salts!!!! Can't believe that the SA public are so naive.

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-03-22 14:30

      @Patricia. Of course we all believe it was bath salts. Are you perhaps suggeting that our forensic experts are so incompetent that they cannot determine the difference betwen Tik and Bath salts. I'm afraid that I do have a little more faith in our forensics people than you and, you are clearly the only one who is naive here.

  • yvonnerichardsvandijk - 2012-03-22 13:37

    How disgusting is this. Home Affairs should fire some staff... no one with so low and IQ deserves to have a job, certainly not paid with my tax money. Send them back to the bush....

  • Stephen - 2012-03-22 13:41

    Q. Whats the difference between a South African and a Tourist? A. About a week.

  • Marion - 2012-03-22 13:50

    Sorry for what the tourist had to go through but can understand the cops being confused. Question though. Who walks around with 9.5kg of bath salts? Hope they checked the entire contents and not just the bath salts on top.

  • louwrens.nieuwoudt - 2012-03-22 13:57

    This happens all over the world.. A South African who was released from jail in the USA 2 weeks ago was re-arrested because his visa expired in 1995 or there abouts. He was about to be deported anyway.. Bureaucracy is a bitch.

  • Colin - 2012-03-22 14:10

    looking at the quantity involved this is more than likely a trial run

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-03-22 14:23

    Please stop calling this man a "Tik Tourist"!! He's actually a "Bath Salts Tourist" Typical Home Affairs attitude. Now children, just give him back his passport apologise nicely and let him go home like they would do in any civilsised country and remember that it isn't a crime to carry bath salts so you can't blacklist him in the future. I hope he sues the Minister and his idiot cadre deployed cohorts for their incompetence and their stupidity. This just makes me angry when we all know that the real drug smugglers are just breezing through our airports at an alarming rate. Just BTW, did he get his bath salts returned to him or have they been confiscated as well??

  • Romano - 2012-03-22 14:28

    All you guys are IDIOTS. it was at a storage facility not the airport!!!HAHAHA He was arrested at table view! but still wrong to not give him hes passport back.

      Jo - 2012-03-22 17:21

      Some people use bath salts for skin complaints. I do....3 cups a day.

  • cmviljoen - 2012-03-22 14:36

    Surely this is just a follow-up of this story: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/British-tourist-bust-with-9kg-of-tik-20120301

  • Irene - 2012-03-22 14:49

    His passport has been sold to the highest bidder. Shame on our Home Affairs and shame on our police for not testing the substance in the first place. Mr. Parnell will probably let everyone in the U.K. know that they must give South Africa a wide berth. I really do not blame him one bit if he does.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-22 15:49

    If you read the previous story, you'll doubt the whole "bath salts" story.

  • James - 2012-03-22 16:00

    well there goes all we've done trying to advertise SA as a great tourist destination, lets try and force them out, especially after putting them through all that BS that they want to leave. How many people do think he is going to tell to come to SA on holiday, it's a great place, and the prisons, well you just have got to experience them first hand

  • harley1 - 2012-03-22 16:10

    they wanted the bath salts for them selfs its their culture to try and smell nice and disguise the smell of money that they have stolen eish !

  • hilton.baartman - 2012-03-22 16:42

    Won't surprise me one bit if his passport is lost due to it being sold to the highest bidder. Idiots.

  • hilton.baartman - 2012-03-22 16:43

    But anyway, WHO carries 10kgs of bath salts in the first place?

  • Tony - 2012-03-22 16:56

    Haha, we know that these "officials" are inept, but now they are showing the rest of the world they're idiots...

  • Jo - 2012-03-22 17:15

    Many of you are asking why someone might carry 9kg of bathsalts ..Perhaps this man had a skin condition like psoriasis or shingles or many more skin ailments that benefit from various salts added to the bath. When l travel to certain countries l bring back kilos of herbs and if asked what they are at UK airports...it is just a case of a quick test done in a small plastic bag or a sniffer dog to tell them it is legit. I have no objection to dilligent behaviour, but stupidity is not excused and l hope this man sues them and if his passport cannot be produced, gets them arrested for theft and intention of stealing his ID and entering the UK or EU under false pretenses. The media will of course, make good meat of this story and tourists will, of course, decide to go elsewhere. It seems that 'people in uniform' in SA are becoming the best advert for stupidity and corruption in SA.

  • Jamie - 2012-03-22 18:49

    Bunch or idiots we have at home affairs. DOnt they realise this make international news and this one messup will loose us many more tourists. The officials need to be sacked.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-03-23 10:11

    What hopeless beaurocracy. An innocent man must sign a form saying he's guilty of smuggling drugs??? We spend millions on PR for our country and it can be cancelled in one fell swoop by such hard line tactics by the police. Will this tourist ever come back again? I doubt it. Our stupid authorities are an embarrassment and they cost us money.

  • Jake Dunkerley - 2014-05-16 02:20

    Lol this one is really something, but I am sure this type of mistake happens the world over - not just RSA. Apparently their are drugs floating around that are packaged like bath salts but are really a mixture of different degrees of chemicals, CNN recently did a report on it, they even package them with fancy names like diamond etc. Anyway, whatever the reason it does seem odd that someone would carry around that much bath salts - somewhat strange, but they have nothing on him so - SAPS find that passport and allow the guy to go home.

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