UK tourist's killing makes headlines

2010-11-15 11:10

Cape Town - News of the killing of a British tourist was all over the UK media on Monday morning, with newspapers reminding readers of South Africa's high "carjacking" and murder rates.

The Daily Mail website announced the story with the headline: "Honeymoon horror: Newlywed Briton's wife is killed after robbers hijack them in taxi".

It reported that Anni Dewani, 28, and "millionaire businessman" Shrien Dewani, 30, were from Bristol and got married two weeks ago.

The Daily Mail said after they had supper in the "upmarket suburb of Somerset West" on Saturday night, the couple decided on their way back to "experience the nightlife" in Gugulethu township.

No-go areas for tourists

"Their route back to central Cape Town would have taken them past some of the city’s ramshackle townships, which house many of the city’s poorest black population," reported the Daily Mail.

"While the townships are generally considered no-go areas for tourists, some of their restaurants and bars have gained a reputation as lively places to eat and drink.

"It is believed that, as they drove past the Guguletu township, the couple decided to take a diversion into the area to experience the night life."

The couple were hijacked and while the husband was dropped off unharmed, his wife's body was found in the car a few hours later.

The Daily Mail said: "South Africa has one of the worst crime rates in the world, but most problems occur in the poorest areas where tourists are unlikely to stray."

The Guardian newspaper's website also reported on the story, saying that tourists were "rarely" crime victims in South Africa.

"South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, with an average of 46 murders a day. The majority take place in townships, and tourists are rarely the victims," said The Guardian.

"A huge increase in security for this summer's World Cup helped ensure there were few serious incidents.

"Last year, there were 13 902 carjackings in South Africa, down from 14 915 in 2008-09. The annual murder rate fell by 8.6% to dip below 17 000 for the first time since nationwide records began in 1995-96," reported The Guardian.


Broadcaster BBC and The Telegraph also reported in the incident, which drew many comments from online readers.

"Jules", from California in the United States, said of South Africans on the Daily Mail website: "The bottom line is until these people decide to help themselves, nothing will change."

"Austin", also from the United States, added: "Of all the beautiful places in the world, WHY would anyone in their right minds go for a honeymoon in such a vile, god-forsaken place?"

Several expats commented out of Australia, saying they left South Africa to ensure safe lives for their children, and that the country was a "mess".

South African-based readers, however, were less sympathetic.

"What the 'frikkadel' [meat ball] were they doing in a township?" asked Carina on News24.

"If I go to another country I wouldn't go into their slums and expect to be safe. Now the whole of Cape Town gets a bad rep," she added.

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  • merrilynn.a.rouse - 2010-11-15 11:32

    People who come to SA are forewarned of the high crime rates!! Why the Hell would you go looking for trouble in a slum area. I live in Cape Town & it's beautiful! You wouldn't catch me near those areas!! It would be the same in any other city in the world, if an area looks rubbish, don't go there!!

      peter immelm - 2010-11-15 11:58

      I agree about not visiting townships but the big lie Worldcup confuses people that it is safe to visit.Unfortunately dozens of people die every day in SA and outside townships.

      Elaine - 2010-11-15 13:04

      I also agree with you - never would I go to areas that I know is unsafe, now SA gets trashed again because of people (from outside the country) that makes mistakes like that. I just cannot believe that the hi-jackers would leave the guy "unharmed" next to the road, and kill the girl???

      Jo - 2010-11-15 13:18

      A much better question is why a Cape Town-based shuttle driver took them there.

      OzzieCPT - 2010-11-15 15:07

      @JO - why are you so concerned with 'a cape town based shuttle driver'. If he has the necessary docs then as far as I know the whole thing was unfortunate. You sound like a TOUR GUIDE that does not have business!!!!

      Karen - 2010-11-15 19:31

      @OzzieCPT, I agree with Jo. I am a national shuttle service operator, based in Cape Town, and you can bet your life savings that I would never send one of my drivers into Gugs at night. Never. In fact my fleet monitoring software would sound huge alarm bells if that had to happen. Which is why something about this story just doesn't add up! But before we jump to conclusions, lets wait and see what the official findings are...

      OzzieCPT - 2010-11-15 23:28

      @Karen - We have not heard from the driver or the husband to tell their side of the story. I firmly believe that the driver warned them about the danger of Gugs and I believe they wanted to see the township onroute to Town and what do you do if a client insist to go there? It could have happened during the day, it could have happened in Sea Point, Campsbay as well. Crime happenes anywhewre and everywhere in the world. It was just bad decision make at that time. To be honest, this story does not add up at all, I really hope the driver and husband has nothing to do with it. Lets wait and see before we jump to conclusions.

  • - 2010-11-15 11:43

    It's a pity that this happened. As a returned South African I would never go into a township at night. You are asking for trouble. I'm glad that some of the UK newspapers reported that normal tourists are safe. As a tourist you must listen to the locals. Reading the comments from the Americans. What can I say except that our country is the safest country in the world and you'd go into your slums aka Harlem at night to experienc the night life. I don't think so. A lot of Ex South Africans left SA due to problems they experienced. Is the grass greener and completely safe where you are now. I don't think so either. Face the facts Crime, especially violent crime is on the up all around the world because life is becoming cheaper and we're respecting each other less. What is the greatest Commandment - Love. Love God with all your heart and Love your neighbour as you love yourself and God.

      Rob van der Linden - 2010-11-15 12:17

      South Africans should realise that the levels of crime in South Africa is not normal compared to the UK. I live in Leicester in the UK and can walk around safely at 11PM at night. Yes there are muggings but not to the extent as in SA. If somoene breaks into your house just your presence will distract them, the chances of being killed, raped or tortured is minimal. Therefore this couple was acting as if they lived in a normal society not abnormal as in SA.

      Jo - 2010-11-15 13:18

      I agree, but the shuttle-driver was a local - why didn't he refuse to take them?

      Ryan - 2010-11-15 13:21

      What nonsense; how is life getting cheaper? Have you ever read a history book? I agree that tourists are relatively safe in SA but, don't the other 49 murders a day mean anything to you? Claiming that SA is the safest country in the world is disrespectful to the victims of crime and looking to a bronze age dessert myth for salvation is laughable. Keep voting for the opposition, keep vigilant and realistic and enjoy the beautiful side of our country, but lets not adopt the ostrich as our national emblem.

      Ryan - 2010-11-15 13:27

      What nonsense; how is life getting cheaper? Have you ever read a history book? I agree that tourists are relatively safe in SA but, don't the other 49 murders a day mean anything to you? Claiming that SA is the safest country in the world is disrespectful to the victims of crime and looking to a bronze age desert myth for salvation is laughable. Keep voting for the opposition, keep vigilant and realistic and also enjoy the beautiful side of our country, but lets not adopt the ostrich as our national emblem.

      tony.skinner5 - 2010-11-15 20:41

      What a joke. Normal tourists are NOT safe. My brother in law and his wife were the victims of a armed robbery at the East Rand Mall a day after they arrived in South Africa from the U.K. They left 2 days later on the 1st plane back to the U.K It is time South Africans stopped living in denial. The place has gone down the toilet.

      mikebothma100 - 2010-11-15 23:45

      What a load of crap! You returned to S A because you just could not cut it in another country. Felt lost without the cheap house help and garden "boy" I suppose. Now you want to talk crap like this! The stats speak for themselves. S A is going backwards at a rapid rate. Stats show an improvement as the various areas no longer report all crime due to National insentives etc. for lower crime rates. This info I have first hand. So please do not kid yourself that things are getting better in S A. The are not and anyone going to S A must realize that they are taking a chance.

      Zion - 2010-11-16 07:47

      To Rod van der Linden: I agree fully yet it is convenient to look the other way because tourism is big business in a poverty stricken South Africa.

      DeonL - 2010-11-16 10:49

      You probably have not been to the Usa or Australia or Europe, very few if any fences and walls around theire homes. SA is by far not safest in the world, in comparing with other countries we are probably in last 10 safest countries in the world, we are being compared to Iraq, Afganistan and a few South American countries in the world

  • Smaal - 2010-11-15 11:43

    Ag please. I’m willing to bet that other safas were murdered at the same time in the same area but those murders don’t even make the local news paper. Didn’t they know that there are some places you just don’t go especially at night and especially if your white? In the UK you get mugged, here you get robbed, raped and then dead as standard operating procedure or "disturbing trend" as per admission from our esteemed colleagues in the police service. Don’t they read? Oh well the damage has been done.

      Nebula - 2010-11-15 12:46

      Exactly, why media never reports murders in SA in these bad area. Murder is murder, it dont matter if you are saffer or a brit... all stories shoulld make headlines.

      mikebothma100 - 2010-11-15 23:51

      To Nebula. If they had to report every murder and rape alone, the newspaper would be extremely thick and no other news would be reported.50 murders per day. 900 plus rapes per day!!!!! What about Highjackings and burglaries? Very sad indeed.

      Zion - 2010-11-16 07:51

      It becomes clear now as to why the government wants to suppress the media. It does not auger well for them if the world sees us as a criminal state.

  • sceptic - 2010-11-15 11:48

    What were they doing in The township???? What a stupid question really!!You call yourself South African? It is generally promoted that "townships" are safe and nothing will happen to you once there. Remember who is doing the marketing in this country. Our Government wants to promote the fact that tourists are needed to create wealth in poor areas. So instead of supporting the APARTHEID Ridden whities in The more Cosmopolitan areas, they support the previously disadvantaged who cannot hurt a fly, "Oh No!!". It is time the world catches a wake up about South Africa. It is not as rosie as it seems.....

      Badger - 2010-11-15 12:00

      Sceptic??? I don't even go into townships. "Gov wants to promote and creat wealth for the poor" ????? BS!!! why don't gov give the poor some of their wealth????? Go wash a car

      Honeybabe - 2010-11-16 12:06

      But seriously what were they doing there at night? locals will tell u that even in town during the day, u watch your back and your bag, but them they wanted to explore, its sad very sad but atleast she saw what she wanted to see before dying...the real south africa, hijackings, rapes, murder, the list is endless. i call her stupid or naive to overlook what the media is saying about South Africa especially gugs, but that is just me saying. Hope she is happy wherever she is, though its sad, she had to die because she wanted to see real africa. Again, i think they should question the husband's family?? they have alot of business!! Just saying ;)

      Brenda - 2010-11-16 13:33

      @ Honeybabe, what a stupid comment, no matter where she was and for whatever reason she did not for one second deserve what happened to her, untill you have experienced being raped or a victim of a hijacking where you are held against your will till they, the hijackers decide your fate keep your stupid comments to yourself, nobody deserves what happened to her, it's not the place that committed the crime it is the sick, uneducated individuals that accupy these places. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time, may her soul rest in peace if that is at all possible after such an ordeal.

  • capetownblogger - 2010-11-15 11:49

    I blame the tour operator who has not been identified. Who operated this tour is what i would like to know.Is he a registered guide? What were they doing looking for Mzoli's after dark even locals know you don't venture into the slums after dark. Desperation makes people do silly things yet they still vote for their leaders who live in ivory towers and drive cars worth millions bought with my tax money!!!!

  • Badger - 2010-11-15 11:57

    When I went to Brazil a couple of years back, I stayed clear of the shanty towns. Why would these people go to a township in the middle of the night ???? Only time one visits a township or Soweto etc is with a qualified Tour Operator who knows the shabeen and suburbs!!!!! My thoughts are with the husband and families. "Nothing Kills Tourism Like A Dead Tourist"

  • rata531 - 2010-11-15 12:00

    Here is some good South African safety advice: * Avoid deserted areas at night, stick to busy and well-lit streets. * Don't wear flashy jewellery - in fact leave it at home. * Keep photographic equipment close to you at all times. * Keep car doors locked and windows closed, and carry a map in case you should get lost. Don't leave bags or valuables on the seat next to you - rather lock them in the boot. Park in well lit areas. * Don't leave luggage unattended. * Store valuables in the hotel safe and leave your hotel room door locked at all times, even when you are in it. * Limit the amount of money you carry on your person. Don't accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers out of the view of others. * When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. Report stolen or lost cards immediately. * If you're in doubt about a place you wish to visit or how to get there, have a word with your hotel concierge first or contact the National Tourism information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345. If you need a taxi, ask the hotel to order one on your behalf from a reliable service. * In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals - road signage will warn you when you need to take care.

      Nebula - 2010-11-15 12:52

      I dont know if you have lived or lived in the township, but one should not limit the money they keep on them... you should keep 200-300 rand on you just in case they demand money from you... if you have nothing they will kill you...

      Justin - 2010-11-15 13:00

      I travel internationally quite a bit for work, and I would give the same advice to people travelling to ANY country. The fact of the matter is that they should never have been in Gugs at that time and I think that the issue is with the tour operator.

      frikkiesemailadress1 - 2010-11-15 13:18

      Strange. All that seems to be LOGIC to me. We must not forget that there are simpletons all over the world with idealistic views. ( a polit way of saying they were stupid). I am sad for the loss, but it seems as if it has become impossible for people to just use common sense !! PS. You should add what Nebula said. Have at least a couple hundred with you. Just so that they get something or else they WILL kill you.

      AjaxFiko - 2010-11-15 15:28

      Stay away from townships! I live there! Believe me I know, if you come there, make sure there are atleast 2 black people with you and it MUST be during the day! Always carry some cash if you are stupid enough to go to feed the hungry dogs, otherwise they will feed off your rich ass. . .!

      ian.teall - 2010-11-15 19:50

      Here is some better South African safety advice.. DON'T EVER GO THERE!!!!!!!!

  • James1 - 2010-11-15 12:01

    Please, you go into a SA township at your own peril. The fact that this murder got international coverage is a good thing. It helps to put pressure on government to stop the wanton murder of people in our beautiful country. Government must realise that people are not just fodder that feeds the criminal element of this country, we have rights too. The last I looked Inoticed that we "kamstig" have the right to safety and security. Just one more of our rights that have been trampled by government.

      kfusa22 - 2010-11-19 11:37

      so far james you made a comment that I can r0elate to ,coz our goverment perfom better whe under pressure ,Khaya

  • PinkLadiesOrgmissingchildren - 2010-11-15 12:02

    Let this be a warning of note for any tourist who comes to SA. BUT anyone in their right mind going to a new country would enquire as to the places to avoid. This country is no different to others in the world. They all have their bad areas. Unfortunately a loss of life under the saddest circumstances has now cast a bad reflection on SA in general. Keep your eyes and ears open throughout the world. The world cup showed a few missing persons whom the SAPS and org did a wonderful job of getting them back and moving them on to the next game. Said in good faith. Gran The Pink Ladies org for missing children.

  • pierriekirby - 2010-11-15 12:03

    "Jules", from California in the United States, said of South Africans on the Daily Mail website: "The bottom line is until these people decide to help themselves, nothing will change." I agree with Jules. Our entire government is run by fraudulent racists who do not care to see our country bleed to death.

  • Vedder - 2010-11-15 12:07

    At the end of the day it is a very sad story and very embarrasing for us.Yes there is crime all over the world but not like here.It is really getting out of hand now.

  • Sadness - 2010-11-15 12:09

    The fact is we cannot ignore it and say that "it only happens in townships". The crime situation is horrendous in SA, and we should all be fighting it, challenging the government, and use our vote to affect change. It is NOT ok because it does not normally happen to tourists!!

      BT - 2010-11-15 12:19

      I agree Sadness. There is absolutely no way this should be "spun" or condoned in anyway whatsoever. The bottom line is that the country is bleeding, literally, by way of bloodshed (crime) and corruption (financial). At the heart of all that is our government. For heaven's sake, can people not see that the country is falling apart?

  • vloftie - 2010-11-15 12:24

    This is like getting into a lion enclosure and expecting not to get eaten alive... Stupid People... Every City/Country in the world has place where you just dont go... Sorry to say but if you are ignorant enough to think you would be safe in any of these areas (anywhere in the world) you should live with the aftermath of such a stupid decision... You got that one coming to you.

      Jo - 2010-11-15 13:20

      If you are a stranger you rely on the tour operator or shuttle driver to advise you - how are you supposed to know?

      MP3 - 2010-11-15 15:52

      Reply @Jo... Jo, your remark, "how are you supposed to know?" is incredibly naive. Humans have for centuries been able to intuitively know / sense dangers of such magnitude. Ever driven into an area where your hair on the back of you neck stood on end? That my dear is that feeling of knowing better... Foolishly continuing indicates your lack of self preservation or general lack of common sense. Tell me Jo, would you feel safer driving through a leafy well lit suburb or a poorly lit empty street inbetween shacks? Seriously Jo, putting your safety solely in the hands of the driver alone is wreckless and incredibly naive and stupid. Take some ownership of your own personal safety. You'll probably live longer....

  • Heath - 2010-11-15 12:25

    This is a truely TRAGIC what has happened to this couple, and nothing makes is acceptable that crimes like these are happening in South Africa (and the rest of the world) but......why on earth, when visiting a country that is known for its violent crime, would any person decide to take a NIGHT tour of a township??? Would it be advisable to take a night tour in Rio's slums? or maybe a night time walk in rough areas of London? People can ask why go to South Africa? it is a "god-forsaken, vile country", these are the type of people who's attitude only makes it worse and give the counrty a bad reputation....and has probably never visited the country. South Africa is an amazing place with such diverse cultures, landscape and history.... people should be encouraged to experience it, but do your homework and take precautions like one would when travelling to any country that is known for its crime.

  • debruin.rossouw - 2010-11-15 12:26

    If I go to America, would you be catching me in the Bronx? Hell no!! So why on earth would they take a diversion in an already dangerous place??? People with at least two braincells would do some research about a country they want to visit so that they know which places to avoid!! South Africa is not a dangerous place, only parts of it are, and if you would like to visit those places, you can expect to be harmed, or, even be killed. The same applies for the Bronx. If I visit America and would want to go to the Bronx, I will certainly expect something to happen to me!! Get real people!!

  • crispyduck - 2010-11-15 12:30

    Yes, such a shame that the rest of Cape Town gets a bad name...perhaps the rest of Capetown should sort out its slums. Old story..'if we don't see does not exist'

  • Barry M - 2010-11-15 12:40

    The reality is that until Zuma and his less than useless government decides to tackle crime head on – which would include the reintroduction of the death penalty - this sort of thing will continue. However, Austin from American who has called Cape Town a God forsaken place has clearly not travelled outside of his own home town. Americans are by their very nature the most geographically challenged people on the planet – for the most part they think South Africa is in South America. Granted we have an extremely high crime rate and a less than effective government but our police really do try. They now need to focus, get rid of the illegal’s that plague us and bring back the death penalty and hard labour (very hard) – make the gaols an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience (put them down a mineshaft) – adopt the three strikes and you are out policy. Better still. Put me in charge of the criminal justice system and I will bring back public executions and the firing squad! That should keep the riff raff in line!

  • wayneringdal - 2010-11-15 12:45

    With regards to the Ignorant Americans comments on the point above. I wouldnt go down to South Central L.A and Slum areas at night looking for a good time. Ive been around the world and Cape Town is one of the better places to visit. A person is looking for trouble in those areas in the daytime, let alone at night......

  • marco - 2010-11-15 12:45

    So one hijacking and a murder takes centre stage on all the newspapers and news channels in Britain.My God don't you people have a life.For f*%&s^%*s get over it allready.Why the hell are everybody so emotionally attached to this couple,the subject of hijacking/murder etc.Did any of these newspaper/news channels c***s even know them personnally too kick up such big fuss.The British media were mocked and critized before by their own people watching and reading in past 10 years for them focussing to much on their own sometimes only one or two nationals being murdererd or what have you and too little emphasis on other human beings from other countries.Their reporting has become a bit of a joke where I worked.Bear in mind sensationalism is what drives newspaper sales par excellence in Britain.Also it serves an agenda over here in England.Feed people's fear they have of going to SA already with more K@K Headlines and you control the masses.Overhyped news reporting of any country anywhere in the world will control what people decide to think about that country.No wonder more and more countries are signing up to the idea of holding the media responsible to Local Law for what they report or how they report stories.Bottomline it was really immature and totally irresponsible for this couple to do what they did.Granted this incident did bring to the fore SA's poor crime situation and how local goverment's handling of it,but bashing the whole nation like the media does is disgusting K@K.

      Jo - 2010-11-15 13:23

      um, a little sympathy for what is a tragic loss wouldn't hurt - as hosts. And this couple obviously didn't know that they were travelling into hell's basement - Gugs isn't quite as well known as you think. Perhaps our tour operators, holiday guides and shuttle operators could be a bit more honest and responsible with visitors?

  • Mark Edwards - 2010-11-15 13:13

    Avoiding townships is not the answer here. Townships are as part of South Africa as the upmarket suburbs. Avoiding them is accepting that the poor people who live there must sort out "their problems" while the more advantaged people turn a blind eye. Crime is a sickness that is blind to race and social status.

      Colleen.J.Foyn - 2010-11-15 14:24

      Perhaps in an ideal world you'd be right Mark, however, this is not an ideal world & staying out of dangerous areas is the intelligent thing to do.

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-16 10:59

      Thank you mark... as if the people who live in townships should forever be victims of crime, with no one sorting it out. Coming from a township environment, I think there should be something done, to curb crime in the impoverished areas. Not just create a no go zone, whereby the people there should fend for themselves. Coz sooner or later the impoverished problems will pour out to the affluent areas, as we see in Sandton and the likes, which is a problem us, and especially the government haven't dealt with. The lady who died, died because a crimianl took her life, there's no need to blame them, for trying to enjoy their holidays, and then say it was ignorance.

  • zwerg - 2010-11-15 13:22

    I do not understand - they were travalling in a TAXI (the Daily Mail says). So how can a taxi driver get lost in Townships, they would ever ever enter at night? Asking me it was set up by somebody. Why was the husband released in safety? Something stinks....

      Fikile - 2010-11-16 13:31

      @zwerg i agree with u 200 % what happened to the driver and the husband...only two people know the story....if they were hijacked, them hijackers would have dumped the body in the bushes and get one with the car

  • Foreigner - 2010-11-15 13:27

    Why would this couple go to a township is simply beyond me? Whey they duped or what? I come from one of the neighbouring countries and each time I come to South Africa I don't go anywhere near a stinking township. I can go and be perfectly safe in a township in Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe but for heaven's sake not in South Africa, and tourists to South Africa need to be warned so. This couple could have opted to rent a car that would have been a bit safer than trusting a taxi driver (a.k.a. CRIMINAL) to drive them around.

      Jo - 2010-11-15 13:35

      apparently it was a shuttle?

      Bratt - 2010-11-15 13:46

      Police should question: - Driver - why would you take people to Gugulethu at 11pm? He was let go... why? - Husband (he was let go... why?)

      OzzieCPT - 2010-11-15 15:10

      @Jo - can you please keep quiet about mentioning 'shuttle driver' all the time. What if it was a registered tour guide? To be honest this story doesn't make sense, and I hope her husband and driver has nothing to do with it. Jo, I'm pretty sure you had a touring business at one stage but it didn't work for you!

  • Gerda - 2010-11-15 13:47

    Austen of the United States: Have you ever been to South Africa? Quite clearly you don't know what you are talking about, shame on you! Vile? God-forsaken? Are you sure you don't have dangerous places in your country?

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-16 11:01

      ask him about Detroit and New Orleans, where murder rates are 1 of the highest in the world.

  • elbie.steytler - 2010-11-15 14:24

    Let the world see what we have to go through

      Ants - 2010-11-16 06:02

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but the world does not give a sh!t about SA. This did not even make news here in Australia as far as I know.

  • aurora9 - 2010-11-15 14:27

    At least the world once again, sees the horrible fact - almost two murders every hour 24/7 in South Africa. Sadly, murder is seldom reported on these days (by the local press). Life is cheapest here. Be careful, find out about the no-go-zones. My sympathy to the families involved.

  • Greg - 2010-11-15 14:52

    I agree wholeheartedly with Brat. Name and shame the shuttle driver escorting the couple. Any experienced guide knows Township life and especially on a Saturday night it can get very rough. Where and when did he report the hi-jacking and why was there then no massive manhunt launched immediately.The policemen know Lansdowne Road, Vanguard Drive or the N2 is the escape route from Gugs to the other areas. Have they checked the CCTV footage covering Vanguard Drive, N2, Lansdowne Road has cameras as well. Sometimes service centres along the route has CCTV's covering Lansdowne Road.Why leave the Tour guide but take the couple? Did our guide maybe tell his friends about his rich passengers.Moving to the couple: There is a witness alive, why was hubby put out of the vehicle unharmed? I would fight to the death to save my wife from these savages. I would never allow strangers in a foreign country to take my wife and not have any wounds or injuries. If we are hi-jackers we take the car because it has been ordered,we dont take passengers along for a ride, maybe some weekend un-consensual sex in mind maybe. We are not looking at Guguletu youths here. If they were they would have found her in the Nyanga cemetry. The perpetrators clearly know Harare and Lingelethu areas so possibly needed a ride home in more ways than one...Let the SAPS be totally honest with us as Capetonians, we live here and need the truth.. Newly wed, foreign country, what marriage contract? Policies? Beneficiaries?

      OzzieCPT - 2010-11-15 15:12

      Greg, what difference will it make to name and shame the shuttle driver. The deed is done my friend. For your sake I hope it is not one of your buddies in the toursim sector!

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-16 04:52

      I agree with Greg. We need to know who provided the shuttle service and who the driver was.

      Fikile - 2010-11-16 13:47

      my point exactly!

  • Anita - 2010-11-15 15:13

    It is very tragic. And yes it can happen anywhere, inside and out of poor communities. Would you go into the favelas in brazil of a night?A person just needs to be a bit more aware in certain areas. Take a guided tour during the day.. I hope they catch the bastards who did this.

  • kolobe - 2010-11-15 15:24

    still maintain article is idiotic..murdered south african never make it to the headlines...shows who owns the media

  • Jonathan - 2010-11-15 15:25

    Our deepest and sincerest condolenseces to the families involved. I pray that they catch these animals. One thing I know for sure being a non white South African I would not even go to the Bronx in the USA - NYC as the media makes us aware of the crime situation in the no go areas for visitors, so I would urge tourist to take this serious. If you don't know Township life, don't try to experience it on your own. Township life in South Africa is result of unfortunately situation so please it is not an easy life, not even for a non white South African. I grow up and spend most of my life in gang related areas and it is not easy lifestyle, so we urge people to be alert and take the no go areas serious!!

  • Thandi Mthembu - 2010-11-15 15:25

    I feel for the family and the i just feel that this could have happened to any one tourist or not,, they where at the wrong place at the wrong time...yes crime is high on our country bt we as youth we fighting very hard for a safer South Africa and we not gonna stop until our country is safe...

      siren703 - 2010-11-16 09:56

      the youth fighting hard to stop crime...what kind of joke is that??!!

  • Jonathan - 2010-11-15 15:25

    I have not had the opportunity to work with Godfrey in our Industry but based on my overall observation in respect to Presentation Skills, OBA assignments, Team Player, etc. Godfrey is a hard worker, friendly person, lacks a bit of self believe and not sure if Godfrey easily understand the requirements. This could mainly be because of language barrier and I would not like to mark Godfrey negative on this but I believe Godfrey has tremendous potential.

  • Danie Prins - 2010-11-15 15:37

    As an ex Cpt cop I can assure you that even with all the guns, ammo and bullet-proof vests that I had to my disposal, I never entered a township unless I had to. And then, get the team in, get the job done, get the team out alive. But, common sense and good judgment is still the best weapons against crime. South Africa has some of the worst crime stats in the world. See And, those are only the one's that actually get reported...!!

  • Bianca - 2010-11-15 15:38

    this is just terrible... i totally agree that we falsely make tourist believe its safe to go into townships alone... but then again hi-jackers really don't care if its South Africans or foreigns...

  • Danie Prins - 2010-11-15 15:42

    As an ex Cpt cop I can assure you that even with all the guns, ammo and bullet-proof vests that I had to my disposal, I never entered a township unless I had to. And then, get the team in, get the job done, get the team out alive. But, common sense and good judgment is still the best weapons against crime. South Africa has some of the worst crime stats in the world. See And, those are only the one's that actually get reported...!!

  • Kobus - 2010-11-15 15:52

    We need to start looking at CRIME as a symptom.It's only when we start addressing the problems of society that crime levels will drop.After '94 there was a brief moment when it seemed we would have leaders who could lead us with courage and integrity.That moment was,unfortunately, very brief.If our leaders are so blinded by power and greed that they cannot fulfil their duty,it would seem that it really is up to you and me to lead SA.It is time to challenge our own greed otherwise we cannot criticise our government.What have you done for your community today?

      andre.weideman - 2010-11-16 14:04

      As much as we like to bash on the poor thoughtless American who posted about a god-forsaken country (a comment a vehemently appose). The one thing Americans do very well is a sense of community, the Australians have also got this right. I agree wholeheartedly with Kobus. We need to start fixing our communities ourselves as it appears are elected officials are unable or unwilling to do it.

  • Ibo - 2010-11-15 16:01

    i don’t know if i can say shame to news24 for setting the fire on SA and drag the country into the mud and then come with this article “UK tourist killings makes headlines”. You news24 are one of the worst enemies of SA even though you pretend to be your country. Everyone have sense can see the ways you cover such whites news, and how you fuel the fires. However, i have to say thank you for the new system which you don’t have to suppress our comments by claiming to be sending them to moderatos who used to only refuse the comments you don’t like as you used to do before.

  • Scaramouche - 2010-11-15 16:08

    There are areas where I live in the UK that I won't go to after dark and you have to make choices where you go that will be safe wherever you are in the world. This is still a truely horrible and tragic event and all I have for the victims and their family is sympathy.

  • Naseema - 2010-11-15 16:23

    every country has crimes being committed daily tourist needs to be more cautious in any country - do their homework first, there are plenty safer places where they could had fun and experience night life not go to the slum areas. i lived in capetown and its one of the places in south africa

  • cpdennis1 - 2010-11-15 16:47

    You make your decisions and you live with the consequences! Its a great pity and I feel awful for the husband but what were they thinking? There are only 3 other places I would not go other than a township in South Africa and they are Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia?

  • - 2010-11-15 16:53

    There are a 100 countries which are safer than South Africa. Stop making excuses for these barbaric criminal acts and get the problem sorted out.

  • ksgjackrichard - 2010-11-15 17:41

    In case people do not know Colombia has the highest crime rate!! See below stats: Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom) #1 Colombia: 0.617847 per 1,000 people #2 South Africa: 0.496008 per 1,000 people #3 Jamaica: 0.324196 per 1,000 people #4 Venezuela: 0.316138 per 1,000 people #5 Russia: 0.201534 per 1,000 people I live in the UK but plan to come back with my family next year. I dont care what anyone says Cape Town is still the best place in the world. London is crap!

      Henri - 2010-11-15 20:11

      Please come. Eventually even the big mouths are baptised with fire eventually.

      Ibo - 2010-11-16 14:58

      Sir from where you got this lies? If blind lead they both fall the ditch.and this wa you are doing here. Here is a accurate statistics from a world recognize website, you just Google the ten countries with the lightest crime in the world. And in them they said SA is number 7 and USA is 1st UK is 2nd, Germany is 3rd France is 4th, Russia, Japan is 6th followed by SA number 7th.

  • Atlas - 2010-11-15 17:43

    Im so sorry to the Direct Victim and the Indirect Victims (UK inhibitant). The SA government ought to improve their Criminal Justice System in Crime prevention, thereby providing strong deterrent to the criminals and Crime freeZone for the tourists. Well-trained Criminlogist are the prime agents to deal with the scourge.

  • Murph - 2010-11-15 18:02

    This is a tragedy but it appears to be born of foolishness. That the couple didn't know not to go into such an area is questionable but that their driver wouldn't refuse to take them isn't. I deal with tourists here in Cape Town all the time and there is absolutely no way that I would suggest, recommend or take them on a township trip and particularly at night. You wouldn't walk through any ghetto in any city in the world at night if you were a tourist, but of course this brings the heat down onto South Africa again. It isn't acceptable, certainly, but at the same time it would seem to be born of foolishness or even arrogance. This saddens me greatly but all the same virtually every South African would tell you that such a destination would represent an unacceptable risk.

  • Brett - 2010-11-15 18:24

    who goes to the Bronx when you on holiday in the states.....very sad but they put themselves there through ignorance,most crime takes place in the townships any fool knows that.

  • Colwyn - 2010-11-15 18:33

    I shockingly read an article recently about how "some South African townships have a lively atmosphere" to offer. I wish for the life of me I could recall where I read it and who published it - my jaw hit the floor. I only hope that this couple were not falsely led there by the taxi shuttle services or by reading a similar articly before their trip! I am an ex-South Africa with no wishes to ever return to live in South Africa again...there may be crime in London (where I now live) but I guarantee you, a mugging is far less worse than being brutally raped and murdered. I've lived here 5 years and have not been, nor know anyone directly who has been a victim of crime in London! I am due to travel to SA in two weeks for a holiday to Cape Town and this news leaves me feeling very vulnerable as a single women travelling on my own!

      Caroline Rainbird - 2010-11-16 07:31

      unfortunately, people from overseas seem to think that if they haven't experienced the "ethnic" side of a visit to Africa, their holiday is incomplete. I fail to see the attraction of these tourists always wanting to see the savage side that the rest of us are trying so hard to move into the 21st century. i have no sympathy - serves them right. stick to the more glamourous side of tourism and stay away from the dubious ethnicity that is nothing but trouble for citizen and tourist alike.

      liesl - 2010-11-16 10:44

      moenie worry nie, you'll be fine. Just stay out of dubious areas. Don't believe all the junk you read. I have lived in Cape Town for 20 years and have only been the victim of petty crime, the kind of housebreak and stuff that I personally know someone in London to have experienced. So calm down to a panic and enjoy your visit.

      Revolutionary Man - 2010-11-16 11:26

      @Caroline "people from overseas seem to think that if they haven't experienced the "ethnic" side of a visit to Africa, their holiday is incomplete."<-- because they came to visit Africa, not Europe. And this is the very reason, why people are @ arms, because people don't see others as human beings

  • Roy - 2010-11-15 18:46

    Could be more to this story. It should be investigated very comprehensively. A vey foolish decision to make. Was this the true motive for visiting Gugulethu ? Would the husband not have been a greater immediate threat to the attackers or robbers ? Just wondering - life has lots of twists and turns !!

  • johan.redelinghuis - 2010-11-15 19:28

    This is not the first time unfortunately that a European tourist is killed. Others have been raped and killed - and not even in townships but places like Hazy Wiew and just outside the Kruger National park - and yes, I agree that tourists shouldn't venture into townships or visit shebeens without armed protection. During the 2010 World Cup a lot of extra measures and window dressing was done (and Hollywood - to can come and learn a few tricks here) to promote tourism in South Africa - but dark Africa is back with a vengeance it seems?

  • betweenu&me - 2010-11-15 19:40

    I live in Cape Town and I've never been a victim of crime, ever. I feel totally safe in my home and when I'm out and about. People say that crime is on the up and it's so dangerous here, and it sounds like people are being mugged, raped and murdered left and right. But where is this happening? And who are the victims (45 people a day)? Maybe I'm living in a fool's paradise but my experience is that crime is not that bad (from my point of view).

      pointblankza - 2010-11-15 19:49

      I live in the outskirts of eMolweni township and apart from one incident in the 5 years (a tap was stolen) I've been here I still sometimes go to bed with my front door wide open, forgetting it is even open. I've left my garage door open, my gates open and even left my car door open with the keys in the boot. I'm not saying there is no crime, we all know that. It is a fact, and if you want proof I can arrange, that tourists are actually safer in South Africa then say Spain or Germany.

      liesl - 2010-11-16 10:45

      + 1

  • ian.teall - 2010-11-15 19:53

    Ha Ha. Did anybody notice the sentence "the murder rate dipped below 17000 since NATIONWIDE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1995"??????? Nationwide records began decades before that, when the white man ruled and the murder rate was a thousand a year!!!

  • bb - 2010-11-15 20:15

    It's all very well for people to say'why did they go into a township'?Townships are advertised to tourists as 'vibey places to visit' and a lot of tourists do go.The authorities must either warn tourists against this or provide them with adequate security.