British tabloid journo nabbed for CPT stadium security breach

Senior reporter Simon Wright, from British tabloid the Sunday Mirror, has been arrested for...

English fan Pavlos Joseph leaving Cape Town Magistrates Court

Senior reporter Simon Wright, from British tabloid the Sunday Mirror, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Cape Town locker room security breach.

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele on Tuesday told journalists attending a National Press Club briefing in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria that more people were expected to be arrested for their involvement in the incident.

Pavlos Joseph was arrested days after he wandered into the English team’s locker room at Cape Town Stadium.

Cele said Wright, and possibly others, paid Joseph and orchestrated the security breach two weeks ago.

He said the reporter, who had written numerous articles prior to the World Cup warning tourists not to visit the country because of security fears, will be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

The general said Wright admitted to harbouring and interviewing Joseph while police were searching for him. Wright allegedly booked Joseph into a luxury hotel under a false name.

Cele said the journalist had a seven-day contract with Joseph for exclusive interviews after he made the well-publicised security breach.