Police launched a massive search on Saturday after foreign tourists were attacked and robbed the day after Christmas in Phalaborwa, Limpopo.
A group of at least three armed men broke into their holiday home on a smallholding in Siloque, Phalaborwa, at about 20:00 on Thursday, December 26. According to National police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo suspects held up nine foreign tourists with firearms and robbed them of valuables. These items include ten cell phones, a laptop, jewelry, and cash worth more than R5 000.
The suspects fled the scene in the victims’ rented Mercedes-Benz ML. The car was later found abandoned in the bushes along the main road in Siloque, about 10 km from the scene.
“As a result, the police in Phalaborwa launched a massive search for the suspects. A team of detectives was also deployed to track down the suspects and fined them for their actions, ”Naidoo says.
A month ago, the National Police Commissioner agreed with the Director-General of Tourism that the two departments will act decisively towards criminals who hurt tourists. “The agreement includes increased police presence in areas where crime is rampant and the training of tourist monitors as police reservists to help secure tourist destinations,” Naidoo says.