26 September 2017:
The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has learnt of the unfortunate incident of theft involving a group of Dutch tourists who became victims of armed robbery whilst enroute to a hotel in Fourways.
It has been reported that a group of 36 Dutch tourists who landed at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Sunday evening (24 September), were stopped at a bogus police roadblock where a “SAPS-marked” vehicle was parked. One of the six alleged robbers was in a “SAPS uniform” while the others were dressed in civilian clothes. They demanded the passports and valuables from the tourists and the bus driver. One of the tourists suffered some injuries and was taken to hospital. While no arrests have yet been made, the SAPS is currently investigating the incident and the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, will visit the tour group at their hotel this afternoon.
“Together with our industry partners, the TSI has an important role to play in communicating the safety and security of all visitors to South Africa. An incident such as this one is most regrettable, particularly since it has occurred during Tourism Month, and as the country prepares to celebrate World Tourism Day tomorrow (27 September),” states Mmatsatsi Ramawela, the CEO of the TBCSA.
“Tourism has a vital role to play in growing the economy and creating jobs. It is the responsibility of everyone involved in the tourism and travel sector to ensure the safety and security of visitors to our country. We are working closely with our partners namely, South African Tourism, the South African Police Service and the National Department of Tourism to try and bring a solution to this and other similar incidents. As the tourism industry, we need to work together to create an exciting and inviting destination to encourage tourism, both international and domestic.”