UK couple hijacked in Cape Town, woman killed
Nov 14, 2010 1:56 PM
Sapa / TimesLive
A woman from the UK on holiday in Cape Town was killed after she and her partner were hijacked in the city, Western Cape police said.
Two armed men approached the shuttle service bus the couple was in at the intersection of NY108 and NY112 in Guguletu around 11pm on Saturday, forced the driver out and drove off with them, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said in a statement.
Around midnight they dropped the 31-year-old man off in the Harare area of the Khayelitsha informal settlement.
"After seeking the assistance of a passing motorist, he was taken to Harare police station unharmed."
Following a search the hijacked car, a Volkswagen Sharan, was found in Lingelethu West. The body of the 28-year-old woman was on the back seat.
Traut would not comment on how she was killed, saying an autopsy would first be conducted. He would also not disclose their names or where in they UK they were from. They arrived in Cape Town last Thursday.
The two men were still at large. Anyone who could help police catch them was asked to contact the investigating officer, Colonel Riaan Theron on 082-463-8706, or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.
The British High Commission in Pretoria has offered to help the victims' families.
"We are aware of the situation... and we're offering consulate assistance," spokesman Gary Benham told Sapa.
"We cannot give out any information about the couple... it will be up to the family whether to release details or not."
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German couple robbed in Addo
Johannesburg - A German couple on holiday in the Eastern Cape was robbed at knifepoint in their guest house in Addo, police said on Sunday.
The thieves allegedly forced the door of their room open while they were sleeping at the Halstead Farm B&B around 23:30 on Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.
"The suspects at first told them that they were waiters. The tourists' hands were tied with electric cables and the curtains from the room."
They demanded money and ransacked the room, making off with their bank cards, passports, euros, jewellery and a Canon camera.
The couple, both in their 40s, was unhurt. They arrived at the guest house on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the two men or the stolen items could contact Detective Sergeant Chantelle Grundlingh at SAPS Addo on 042-233-8838 or 084-576-0521.
Meanwhile the owner of the B&B, who did not want to be named, said such incidents were happening with "monotonous regularity" in the area.
"We are out here in a warzone and we don't know how to deal with it," she said.
They had no idea how the robbers got in as the property was ringed with a high, barbed wire and electrified fence.
The tourists who were robbed were now "desperate to get out of South Africa.
"It was their second visit to South Africa and they made it clear they will not be coming back".
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Tourist has surgery after attack in Humerail
May 20, 2010 7:43 AM
A DUTCH tourist, aged 51, was stabbed and robbed while walking to Humewood after shopping at Humerail yesterday afternoon.
Maria Blits has been in Port Elizabeth for the past three weeks, visiting her daughter, Melke, an exchange student from the Netherlands.
Police spokesman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Blits was walking along Outeniqua Road on her way home after buying groceries at the Humerail shopping centre.
“She was walking along the top section of the road when all of a sudden, she said, a guy with a beanie on appeared from nowhere,” Janse van Rensburg said. “He demanded her groceries and handbag, which she refused to hand over.”
The attacker then grabbed Blits’s grocery bag, pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the right arm. He then pushed her to the ground and demanded her handbag.
She handed him her bag and he ran off, Janse van Rensburg said. Blits then stumbled down a hill onto Beach Road, where a passing motorist saw her waving for help and stopped to assist.
The motorist took her to the Greenacres Hospital where she underwent X-rays and medical treatment.
Blits is scheduled to fly back to the Netherlands on Friday. “We are trying to alert the embassy of the incident, so that we can help her get all her passport papers in order so she does not miss her flight,” Janse van Rensburg said.
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