Following the robbery of two tourists, a task team was established, and this led to the immediate capture of three suspects and the return of the stolen goods.
On Saturday, March 18, at around 00:45, it is said that a German couple was roused from their sleep in a guest house in Addo. Four suspects barged into the room brandishing unidentified objects and threatening the couple.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the 67-year-old man suffered open head wounds while attempting to close the door. The suspects stole cash, passports, foreign currency, and other items of value.
“Intelligence information led to the swift arrest of a 27-year-old suspect in Nomathansanqa location at about 11:30 as it is alleged that he was attempting to exchange the foreign cash. Two other suspects, aged 29 and 31, were arrested shortly thereafter. Most of the stolen property were recovered,” said Naidu.
The suspects are being held on suspicion of business robbery and possession of allegedly stolen property.
The task team’s outstanding teamwork was praised by Major General Zolani Xawuka, the Sarah Baartman District Commissioner.
“Tourism has a significant social benefit to our country and crime can deter potential visitors from travelling to their desired destinations. This can also negatively impact on the reputation of certain destinations hence in order to preserve and protect our province and country, we as law enforcement must do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our tourists and citizens alike. I applaud the swift reaction of our members who utilised every resource and intelligence available to effect such speedy arrests,” said Xawuka.