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


8 Responses to "South Africa Crime Continues to Increase Affecting Tourism Nationwide"

  1. Anne Sewell   August 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

    56 ain’t elderly… sorry.

  2. Francoise Armour   June 2, 2014 at 7:11 am

    How about that?

  3. Dirk Swart   May 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I bet Francois wont show his face here again

    • Francoise Armour   May 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

      It’s Francoise actually, and I did show my face again because the reply to my comment is rubbish. Aside from Censorbugbear not being a credible source, there is no evidence that tourism figures are down, they are actually soaring.

      However, I see from the other comments here that you are all devotees of that site and that you all follow the same narrow views.

  4. Adrian Arendse   May 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Why should the tourist be protected if there were no thread. Yes, the crime rate did increase, but the tourist don’t see or experience it as we the locals do. I think the protection must be removed, then we will see who visit this messed up country, messed up by a inconsiderate, incompetent bunch of criminals, calling them the anc

  5. Francoise Armour   May 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    What a dreadful article! Here’s what’s wrong with it:

    1. Your sources:are feeble. One community newspaper written for white rich homeowners in a community riddled with racists who live like kings next to extreme poverty. A small town newspaper where very little happens so one crime is big news. A foreign agency. You call that a balanced viewpoint?
    2. Where are the interviews with tourism bodies? Your headline refers to tourism but are you aware that very few tourists experienced crime because they are more protected than anyone else?
    3. What about some background and analysis of why crime exists? Do you even have a clue on that? Or is this just a sensationalist article?
    4. Where and how does crime affect tourism? Are you aware that tourism in this country is booming? In 20 years since democracy we have increased tourism 300%!!! Trip Advisor recently stated that searches for tourism in this country has increased by 250%!

    And what’s with all the arb upper case letters? Are you journalists or high school texters?

    You probably won’t have the guts to publish this comment.

    • Laura Oneale   May 20, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Johanna VanDokkum
      6 hours agoJohanna VanDokkum
      Laura I see somebody has challenged you to provide proof that tourism has been affected. Here’s some (I’ve tried posting it on your article about tourism but it doesn’t appear on the page) —

      30 US students, tourists from Stevenson University in Maryland, cut short their 5 week tour of SA after their bus was attacked on second day in Pretoria and everyone was robbed of passports, money, electronics etc. MORE: April 29 2014:
      Amanzimtoti & foreign tourists targets of violent beach thuggery:
      April 29 2014: white foreign tourists specifically targeted at Botanical Garden, Nelspruit:
      April 3 2014: tourist bus with foreigners fired at by 3 armed robbers in luxury Audi: Pretoria:
      Feb 19 2014: Dutch tourists injured during shooting by black gunmen at tourist lodge, Hazyview:
      Nov 12 2013: Tourists attackbed by large black gang at Loerie Guest Farm, Hazyview –
      Sept 9 2013: UK female tourist suffers 14hour rape ordeal and black-racists taunts with SA boyfriend after kidnapped at Long Tom Pass, Mpumalanga: — the ORIGINAL links to these stories are located on the stories often with pictures and more details.
      Survive attack: thirty U.S.A. students from Stevenson University in Maryland cut short 5wk tour…
      Farmitracker by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

      Thank you Johanna, we do know the facts.

      • Gaz   May 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

        lol, the country doesn’t even have a travel advisory from the US government yet the author is suggesting it does? Weird.

        Seriously, is this the best you can do Laura? Underwhelming.

        You should see the tourists attacked in Mexico/Central/South American countries, almost all jurisdictions have non-existant tourist industries compared with South Africa. Tourists actually DIE in these countries regularly [unlike South Africa] for their cell phone or wallet but, unlike South African whites, the people don’t make a big deal of it. Why the difference?

        I’ve complained about this author on other discussions. It’s a political soapbox account.

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