THERE was celebration outside a South African court when a Zambian Paul Sikazwe who was arrested and detained at Westville prison on charges of causing alarm and panic was freed.
Mr Sikazwe was last week remanded at Westville prison on charges of causing alarm and panic at King Shaka International Airport, contrary to the Aviation Act.
Zambians led by Zambia Association in South Africa (ZASA) leaders in Durban and Pietmarizburg gave solidarity to their fellow national.
According to Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, Mr Sikazwe appeared in a Durban court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the charge of causing panic and alarm.
The judge convicted Mr Sikazwe and fined him R15,000 -suspended by R12,000 – meaning he only paid R3,000 and was released after paying the fine.
On Friday last week, Mr Sikazwe was alleged to have joked to an airport security officer that he was carrying a ‘‘bomb’’ when the lady asked him the contents of his hand luggage.
Airport security quickly swung into action, searched and detained Mr Sikazwe for causing panic and alarm.