JOHANNESBURG: South African investigators say five white extremists have been charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to blow up black townships before next month's World Cup.

The men were part of a group of seven arrested last month in the northeastern town of Phalaborwa, near the Kruger National Park, Musa Zondi, spokesman for the police special investigations unit, said.

"They were conspiring to engage in terrorist activities, which includes the fact that they wanted to blow up areas in which black people live."