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1998: Bobby Brown remembers the Waterfront Planet Hollywood bombing

This October, CapeTalk is celebrating its 20th birthday by reliving some of the most impactful stories of the past twenty years, as told by some of our favourite personalities.

Celebrating CapeTalk's 20th Birthday, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Bobby Brown, currently on the Smile 90.4 Breakfast Show.

In 1998, Brown was a journalist with Eyewitness News and covered one of the big stories that year: The bombing of American-owned restaurant Planet Hollywood in the Waterfront which killed two people and injured 26.

Brown described the details of that incident as a journalist who covered the story.

This was 18:37 in the evening when a call came through and I happend to take the call. The call was that there was a possible explosion at the Waterfront.

Bobby Brown, former EWN reporter (1998)

The more people I called the more it came clear that it was a deliberate bomb blast... It became clear that it was Planet Hollywood.

Bobby Brown, former EWN reporter (1998)
Scenes from the Planet Hollywood bombing in 1998.

There was great hype around the restaurant at the time with visits from numerous Holywood celebrities.

Wesley Snipes was here a couple of months before to open up the franchise... Bruce Willis was due to come, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone ...

Bobby Brown, former EWN reporter (1998)

I remember driving there thinking it's probably a gas explosion, how bad can it get? I remember getting there seeing the panic and the confusion on people's faces ... It became clear from what I saw from the confusion that this was certainly not a gas explosion.

Bobby Brown, former EWN reporter (1998)

Days later, Muslims Against Global Oppression, a vigilante group formed in 1996 on the Cape Flats, later known as the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) claimed responsibility for the Planet Hollywood bombing.

Watch Bobby Brown give a recap of the Planet Hollywood bombing:


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