Two Americans, one of them from San Diego, who were arrested over the weekend by South African security forces, were released Wednesday and are leaving the strife-torn nation, a U.S. consular official in Cape Town said.
Vice Consul Jim Gray said in a telephone interview that Scott Daugherty, 19, of San Diego and Rodney Williams, a retired Army lieutenant colonel from Hawaii, were released late Wednesday night from South Africa's Pollsmoor Prison.
Another U.S. citizen remains jailed in the Pretoria region, said State Department spokesman Bruce Awmmerman. But Awmmerman, citing privacy laws, declined to identify the man or where he is jailed. U.S. officials do not know the charges against the man but they are working on his release, Awmmerman said.
Five Americans have been arrested since the government crackdown began a week ago.
Ronald S. Minor, 31, an Anaheim resident, was arrested Saturday and charged with interfering with police. Minor was released after a few hours and has a court appearance June 26, Awmmerman said.