Plato condemns mugging of tourists

Entrance to Khayelitsha from the N2 highway. Picture: DAVID RITCHIE/African News Agency(ANA)
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato expressed his disappointment after a group of 11 tourists was robbed at gunpoint at a gardening project in Site C, Khayelitsha on Friday January 10. 

The robbers made off with cellphones, cameras and wallets.

No one was injured during the incident.

Mr Plato said, “We reject the selfish nature of this act as each instance of crime has a negative impact on job creation opportunities and limits communities who need employment and want to uplift themselves.”

Additional Tourism Safety Monitors and ambassadors have been deployed to popular tourism areas across the city.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the robbery. He is expected to appear in court today on a robbery charge.