Threats or No-ah threats, the tour is on

2012-08-04 17:23

Highly-regarded comedian Trevor Noah is expected back home soon after he fled for Los Angeles following alleged threats against him by his former stepfather.

When City Press called to confirm ­details of Noah’s upcoming five-city tour, his agent Gaenor Becker was quick to play down the threats, saying they didn’t intend beefing up security for their client.

“Oops! Really? We’re completely unaware that there are such threats. Now you are scaring us and this is news to our ears,” Becker said.

Ngisaveni Shingange, Noah’s former stepfather, was sentenced to three years of correctional supervision last Friday by the Jeppe Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to an attempted murder charge after he tried to kill his ex-wife, Noah’s mother Nombuyiselo Noah, in August 2009.

During the trial, the court heard that after the shooting, Noah called Shingange (49), who then allegedly threatened to kill him.

Noah told a social worker during an ­interview, which was read in court, that one of the reasons he went to the US was because of Shingange’s threats.

Becker said the tour was going ahead.

“We’re currently preparing for September when Trevor will be coming to South Africa and everything is going accordingly.”

Noah starts his South African tour, That’s Racist, on September 9.

It kicks off begins in Pretoria and then moves to Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and ends in ­Johannesburg.

Commenting on the alleged threats, Shingange’s lawyer, Victor Nkwashu, said the comedian should have laid charges if anyone threatened him.

“In South Africa, there are law-enforcement agencies and if Trevor Noah was threatened by anyone, he would have gone to the nearest police station to lay a charge.”

He added there was no truth and no basis to Noah’s claims.

In May, the sentencing on Shingange’s attempted murder charge was delayed ­after the court heard that he was arrested on a rape charge.

Phindi Louw, communications manager for the National Prosecuting Authority, said the rape charge against Shingange was withdrawn because police could not trace the witness.

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