Fifa ‘bomb threat’ men appear in court

2010-07-09 11:01

Two men who were arrested after allegedly making bomb threats at Fifa events appeared briefly in the Cape Town Regional Court today.

Norman Khanyile (37), who was detained at Cape Town’s fanfest this week, had his case postponed to allow his lawyers to make representations to the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions for the withdrawal of charges.

He was out on warning, and would be back in court on July 21.

Advocate Murray Zimbler said his client had merely asked a security guard at the entrance to the fanfest whether the guard was searching for “guns and grenades and bombs”.

The comment was made after Khanyile’s 10-year-old daughter was told that she could not take a soft drink into the fanfest.

The little girl was taken to the police station with him before being fetched by her mother.

Khanyile is from Goodwood in Cape Town.

The other court appearance was by German photographer Bernd-Jurgen Fischer (68), who was arrested at the Cape Town Convention Centre on December 4 at the time of the World Cup draw.

He allegedly told police and security staff at a checkpoint that his camera contained a bomb.

Fisher, who spends several months every year in South Africa, will appear in court again on August 6 to receive a trial date.

He is on R5 000 bail. 

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