Bomb threat accused might sue

The lawyer of a Cape Town soccer fan accused of making a bomb

threat during the 2010 Fifa World Cup believes his client has a “very valid

claim” against the police for wrongful arrest.

Norman Khanyile (37), a city restaurant manager, was arrested at

the fanpark on the city’s Grand Parade on July 6.

Prosecutor Nation Loliwe told a regional magistrate today that

following representations from Khanyile’s lawyer, the regional director of

public prosecutions had decided with withdraw the charge.

The state yesterday dropped bomb threat charges against another

Cape Town soccer fan, Sipho Mshweshwe.

Khanyile, whose 10-year-old daughter was with him when he was

arrested, told Sapa he was “very much relieved”.

He said: “I don’t know anything about these things.”

He has maintained that he merely asked a security guard at the

entrance to the fanpark whether the guard was searching for “guns and grenades

and bombs”.

His advocate Murray Zimbler said the experience had been very

traumatic for Khanyile, for his daughter, who spent some time in a police cell

with her father, and for his heavily pregnant wife.

He said he intended to talk to his client about the possibility of

instituting a claim against the police for wrongful arrest.

Zimbler said: “I believe he has a very valid claim. I will

certainly advise him to do that.”

 
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