South Africa Crime Continues to Increase Affecting Tourism Nationwide

South Africa

Crime continues to increase in South Africa affecting tourism throughout the the country, after reports circulated of yet another elderly person being attacked. A 56-year-old woman living in George was viciously attacked at her home. The woman sustained injuries to her face and body; she was taken to hospital by Paramedics who arrived on the scene shortly after the confrontation. The police said the incident occurred late yesterday afternoon and were still investigating the cause of injuries. The number of suspects involved in the attack and the reason for the incident was not known at this stage. The woman is traumatized and unable to communicate information about the sudden attack.

Cape Town the most popular tourist destination within South Africa boasts white sandy beaches, blue seas and Landscape Mountains of splendor, yet the criminal element lurks in the city and the country as a whole. Private houses are protected by high walls, electric fences and private security companies expand their services for extra protection to both residential and businesses. The increases in violent armed robbery, attempted murder and murders are all within good reason to expand on security.

Dr Andre Hough lives near a police station in Hout Bay, in the Cape Town area, and has had eight break-ins in the past year. He sustained several stab wounds during attacks, and at one, time, his skull was cracked. Hough believes the building contractors who began renovating since May last year were directly linked to the spate of robberies within the area. In a recent outburst during April this year, Hough was at home watching television and heard his alarm beep. Hough went to the front door of his house to investigate why the alarm was set off, and upon releasing the latch to the door, was grabbed and attacked by a man who stabbed him. The perpetrator swore at him and said he was going to kill him.

Hough felt the knife dive into his chest and fought for his life. An intense battle ensued as the knife thrust into his shoulder and chest. He fell down and kicked the burglar to distract him from stabbing him again. The thief grabbed his cell phone and ran away. Despite the robberies and violence he has endured, Hough will not give up his home and intends to stay on in Hout Bay.

Following up on leads relating to the house robbery, members of the crime prevention unit arrested a 53-year-old male for possession of stolen goods. A house in the Imizamo Yethu Township, part of Hout Bay, was searched, and it was here the stolen property was found. Shortly afterwards, another 36-year-old male was arrested for possession of stolen recovery. Both perpetrators appeared in court and remain in police custody.

South Africa has a high crime rate yet the Cape Town central business district, called  “The Waterfront,” is a popular place for tourists, and these are protected areas with high police visibility. Many suburbs of Cape Town remain relatively safe, and crime rates are controlled. Tourists do not visit violent crime ridden areas where the culture of gangs, drugs, rape and murder are numerous.

Certain areas have incredibly high levels of poverty, which has led to less frequent police presence, and has led tourists to avoid these areas. A media statement issued rated Nyanga, a township outside of Cape Town as the suburb with the highest number of murders committed in South Africa.

The high levels of unemployment and the gap between the rich and the poor are all elements leading to crime rising within affluent areas in Cape Town and around South Africa as a whole. The visible gap of poverty and wealth creates a problem, and the aggravation of poor service deliveries cause people to protest violently.

While crime has been increasing in South Africa at an alarming rate,Cape Town and George continue to be areas that are seeing higher than normal increases. South Africa, a beautiful country riddled by criminal elements, continues to try to work in high crime areas to reduce crime, and make them safer for the public as a whole.

By Laura Oneale