Sunday, November 14, 2010

Abducted Tourist Found Dead in Cape Town

H/T Sarah

This whole thing stinks worse than Gugulethu. Tourist arrives in Cape Town on Thursday and goes on a township tour within two days? I've been advising people against going on these tours for years..

Who is the male companion?

Hopefully more details will emerge soon.

British Tourist Found Dead In South Africa

A British tourist has been found dead after being abducted by armed men in Cape Town, according to South African police.

Google map highlighting Cape Town, South Africa

Google map highlighting Cape Town, South Africa

The 28-year-old victim and her male friend were kidnapped on Saturday when a group stopped their taxi near a major township, officers said in a statement.

The attackers forced the driver out of the vehicle and sped off with the tourists. The 31-year-old man was released an hour later, the statement continued.

But the body of the woman was found later in the Lingelethu West area, southeast of the city centre.

We would like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike, to exercise caution and be vigilant.

Western Cape Provincial Management

"An extensive search for the vehicle and the female victim resulted in the discovery of the hijacked vehicle in Lingelethu West, with the female victim's body on the back seat," the statement said.

It added a post-mortem to establish the cause of death was set to take place.

Police did not release the identities of the tourists, who arrived in South Africa on Thursday.

The country has one of the highest crime rates in the world, with about 46 murders a day.

The statistic led to a massive increase in security during the June-July World Cup.

Authorities in the scenic Western Cape, one of the country's top tourist destinations, urged visitors and locals to be "prepared for potential danger".

"The Western Cape Provincial Management would like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike, to exercise caution and be vigilant when entering an unfamiliar area and always be prepared for potential danger," it said.

8 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

The weld caap is over now, finished. There is no more artificial security measures in place. Tourists are vulnerable as they always were. STAY in your hotel or better yet, go to Ibiza for your homeymoon. South Africa Sucks

Macaw said...

What were these liberal idiots doing in the location anyway?

Anonymous said...

She should have stayed in England.

Piet the Pirate said...

Well, it turns out the British couple were a pair of chilli pips, and were on honeymoon (hence the media coverage, because if they were whites nothing would have been reported).
Odd case as the husband is a multi millionair, so he could easily have bought the murders off.
What were they doing in Kayalicha at night anyway? Christ, even the police don´t go there at night.
Something smells fishy here.

Anonymous said...

Just a thought but this smells sus,more like a prearranged hit,honour killing,money problems,why was he released unhaharmed??

Anonymous said...

To tell you the truth, I don't give a damn. They have been warned on our websites over and over again. No tears and mercy from myself.

Anonymous said...

The stupid tourists will keep comming because they think South Zimbabwe is such a wonderful place. I dont feel a thing for them.

Dachshund said...

Another example of why white man's stuff shouldn't be toys for black boys:

NUM: Black elite behind nationalisation

Nationalising South Africa's mines as proposed by the ANC's Youth League is a reckless, ill-conceived idea that will not come to fruition, the head of the country's biggest union said on Wednesday.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Senzeni Zokwana also questioned the motive of Youth League leader Julius Malema, whose fiery talk in the last year of taking over the mines has rattled investors in Africa's biggest economy.

Zokwana said the push for state ownership appeared to benefit some of South Africa's black economic empowerment (BEE) elite who see it as an easy way to grab mining assets or be bailed out of failing ventures.

"You've had some black voices within the BEE supporting the debate," Zokwana told Reuters in an interview in the quarter-million-member union's plush offices in downtown Johannesburg.

"It may be that this Youth League is being funded or encouraged by certain people who believe that when the state takes over, it will be an easier way for them to take over and run those companies," he said.

"Or it may be that some guys are swimming deep in debt so much that they want to be salvaged through the state taking over and bailing them out."

Since Malema's calls for nationalisation, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has embarked on a debate on the issue, including the appointment this week of two researchers to look into successful models of state involvement in the sector.

Zokwana criticised the ANC, saying it had allowed outsiders to gain the impression of a government on the cusp of radical intervention when the reality was probably far from the case.

"I believe that there's no threat to any investor," he said. "It will be debated in 2012 informed by this research, and in our view if you ask me, I don't think that view will fly given the facts at our disposal." Public-private mining partnerships similar to those between diamond firm De Beers and the governments of neighbouring Botswana and Namibia might be workable, Zokwana said.

Uncooked resolutions

But the NUM, a social and political force, would counter any policy that might damage a sector that accounts for nearly 9% of GDP, employs half a million people and is central to the government's long-term plans to tackle chronic unemployment.

The NUM and the Youth League are breeding grounds for leaders in the ANC and analysts have said the debate on nationalisation has been more about jockeying for political power in the ruling party than shaping economic policy.

"The union has been at the receiving end of the Youth League of the ANC for standing and saying: 'Don't come with uncooked resolutions or proposals. These reckless statements that you are making pose a threat to the industry,'" he said, drawing a comparison to Zimbabwe's economic collapse a decade ago.

"There's an interest for us as a union to defend not because we're defending the owner but because we're defending ourselves. You can't find unions where there's no employment."