Crime hurts South Africa’s tourism ambitions

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has voiced “grave disappointment and outrage” over the recent attack on a group of 36 Dutch tourists, saying such barbaric acts hinder efforts to grow tourism.

“We call on law enforcement agencies to swiftly act and apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime. We equally call on all South Africans to be vigilant and work closely with law enforcement agencies to root out crime in our communities,” the party said in a statement marking the World Tourism Day.

On Sunday, a group of 36 Dutch tourists were robbed at gun point in Johannesburg after departing from the O.R. Tambo International Airport.

They were allegedly stopped by a police marked vehicle with one man dressed in police uniform and five others in civilian clothing.

One of the tourists was injured and sent to hospital.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called the robbery “an attack on the tourism industry and the economy”.

The tourists cut short their 20-day stay and left South Africa on Tuesday.
This attack has fueled concern over rampant crimes in the country that depends heavily on tourism.

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