Man, 74, mugged on Signal Hill

2011-12-12 10:44

Cape Town - A 74-year-old Cape Town man was robbed while hiking on Signal Hill on Saturday morning, police said.

The man had been walking alone on the side of Signal Hill facing Sea Point, Cape Town police spokesperson Ezra October said.

A man walked up and threatened him with a broken bottleneck. The mugger took his camera and money.

“The suspect has not yet been identified and no arrest has been made,” October said.

The man was not harmed in the attack.

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  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 10:55

    And Zille said crime is low in the western cape.

      Jaryd - 2011-12-12 11:00

      Well it actually is much lower - at least u dont get killed for your cellphone there. Face it DA is a black party now and raising much better black leaders!

      Craig - 2011-12-12 11:18

      Wasn't an entire family brutally shot for cell phones in Pretoria this weekend after NATIONAL (ANC) figures show crime has decreased? This, Poloyatoni, is your government gets its figures lower

      makesuthink - 2011-12-12 11:25

      Hey Idiot do you actually read articles in this blog LIMPOPO COPS arrested for altering crime statistics. what bulls123t is that

      Frik - 2011-12-12 11:35

      I once had a parrot called Polly, you remind me of it!

      Device - 2011-12-12 12:06

      crime is not much lower in the western cape, that is utter rubbish and i don't actually remember Zille ever saying that, that would be very unwise.Western Cape has the highest levels of drug related crimes, we have extremely high levels of murder and a couple of years ago the city was dubbed rape town. the thing is that crime is very concentrated to the outskirts where the poor have been left to rot. Cape Town does not have inner city slums like hilbrow which pose a security threat to the CBD. instead we have mitchells plain, Nyanga and Khayelitsha which are on the periphery of the city far enough for Suburban folk to feel less threatened by those crimes. That is not to say that crime does not affect cape town suburbs because it does. if you have ever lived in mowbray, obz or woodstock you would know what im talking about.

      Micheal - 2011-12-12 12:13

      @jaryd you hit the nail on the head boet, the ANC is gettn worried now that more black people are voting DA. Where i live in CPT nearly all the black voters are DA

  • Rohin - 2011-12-12 10:56

    it sucks that we have to change our habits in order to prevent ourselves from being victims of crime but isn't it a known fact to all that signal hill is dangerous with many vagrants and opportunist thieves - and that one should never go there alone?

      procold2 - 2011-12-12 11:10

      you right it sucks but at 74 he really shouldnt go there alone,unfortunatly he made himself a target

      Ianm - 2011-12-12 11:34

      I agree. If he wants to go walking he should have an armed guard go with him.

      Sean - 2011-12-12 12:09

      yes, that is true, but at at any age why can't we have the opportunity to be able to experience our wonderful scenery without having to watch our backs all the time!? We all have the right to be protected! Local police will need to come up with a better security solution to try to combat these type of events. I realise that it sounds easily said than done, but the police seriously need to sit around the table to come up with a solution. Signage warning all people could be erected (if this is legally possible) stating that anyone found walking/hiking on the mountain could face being stopped and searched - perhaps this could deter the vagrants. I am not sure whether there is already such a scheme is in place, I haven't visited the mountain in a while. Perhaps passes (tickets) could be acquired from a central point for hikers and if any person can't present such a pass they should liable to be searched. Surely there are hotspots and specific entry/exit points that these vagrants use!? Surely there must be a pettern of events - Either way the police need to look after all visitors and ensure that tourists don't need to have to return home mentioning their bad experience! We can do with the revenue. People's lives are at stake here, something needs to be done urgently! Every time one reads a newspaper there is an article on a mugging that has taken place, it is high season now and we all want to feel that our lives are not at risk here! Do something and fast!

      procold2 - 2011-12-12 14:14

      @ sean,i see i have a lot of thumbs down, what i am saying is until the police have made that plan i dont suggest going walking alone, i understand that all people dont age the same and some are fitter than others, but at age 74 it is highly unlikly that he could have fought off his attacker,safety in numbers.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 11:04

    Scumbags. Parasites that are holding this Country back.

  • Ianm - 2011-12-12 11:07

    Need to have some decoy walks and shoot the muggers.

      Scott - 2011-12-12 11:21

      Exactly! Would be a piece of cake.

  • janine.cronje - 2011-12-12 11:08

    This is why I did not vote for CT in the new seven wonders

      Rob - 2011-12-12 11:18

      keep on winning

      Klipkop - 2011-12-12 11:37

      Me too, I dont see the sense in voting for crime hotspots as world wonders.

      Ianm - 2011-12-12 11:40


  • Janice - 2011-12-12 11:38

    Silly man, to be alone. Thank God the attacker had some decency in him as to not hurt the gentleman!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-12 12:02

      The attacker already hurt the guy by robbing him.

  • Sean - 2011-12-12 11:41

    So much for the video depicting "Table Mountain steps up security where the so-called security brag about their dogs they acquired to assist in crime prevention on the mountain! Yes it is true that one should not hike alone but surely something serious could be done here, although it may be expensive, have a helicopter survey the mountain a couple of times at randome to look out for suspicious people that don't "look" like your average hiker and alert the security on their whereabouts to intercept them and question and possibly do a body search or search any carry bags on them etc. It shiukd be easy to distinguish a suspiciously looking vagrant from a tourist/hiker's. Surely this can be done over the December period - tourism is very big on Table Mountain a not only the locals, all hikers should feel safe to hike on the mountain! Come-on surely this does need to be a rocket scientist to figure out something more than ten dogs. I mean how must they expect ten dogs to patrol the whole mountain that is not fenced off and has no specific entry/exit point - invite a sponser/sponsers to come to the part to make use of a helicopter to deter these vagrants, especially now, over the highest season and show our tourists that we mean business when it comes to their safety. Not only tourists, but locals can't even make use of one of the world's most wonderful attractions without having to look over their shoulders the whole time - please use your imagination and come up with somethin

      Mike - 2011-12-12 12:01

      Sean btw Signal Hill is a different mountain to table mountain but nonetheless I agree with your sentiments

  • thomascmyk - 2011-12-12 11:46 says it all

  • Micheal - 2011-12-12 12:09

    haha he probly smoked the bottle neck first! Seriously tho, come on buddy....even tourist know not to hike up there alone!

  • gerritvb - 2011-12-12 12:18

    Awe Awe Blood blood blood. Awe ek het my peliken geburst my bru. blood blood.

  • gerritvb - 2011-12-12 12:24

    Awe awe dit was ek. Hul my peliken amper mors afgesny.

      Blade - 2011-12-12 14:15

      You need to go easy on the TIK. And lay off the papsak completely.

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-12 14:49

    Bring me my machine gun....

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