By NORMA SIAME -
A THIRTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Zambian man has been arrested for sparking a terror alert at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa.
According to Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, Paul Sikazwe was arrested upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport.
Security personnel asked him what he was carrying and he jokingly replied that he had a bomb which led to a terror alert being raised.
“Security at the airport swang into action, raised a terrorism alarm bar and swifly arrested him,” Mr Mwamba said in an update on social media.
Sikazwe is expected to appear in a Durban magistrates’ court tomorrow.
The High Commission has been providing consular help to Sikazwe.
South African police have in the recent past reiterated their warning that such threats would under no circumstances be treated as a joke.
Apart from a hefty R40,000 fine, and being blacklisted from flying again, only a court can grant bail.
Mr Mwamba was not immediately available for comment on whether Sikazwe had been granted bail.
During checking-in, passengers are routinely asked by airport security if they are carrying explosives, sharp instruments or fragile goods.
Huge signs warning passengers to not make inappropriate comments to the question are also strategically placed throughout the airport.