Table Mountain mugger mistaken for guide

2011-12-29 12:10

Cape Town - The Table Mountain Cableway management on Thursday expressed concern after a tourist mistook a mugger on the mountain for an official guide, the company said.

A 21-year-old man from Durban went up the mountain on Wednesday with his family and decided to go for a short hike from the top station to Maclear’s Beacon, CEO Sabine Lehmann said.

"The mugger took the tourist's wallet, cellphone and camera. Cellphone video footage shot by one of the family members shows the attacker was wearing black pants and a lime green shirt and was carrying a red bag."

The footage was handed to police to help their investigation. Lehmann said they had alerted their staff about the incident and asked them to report any sightings of the man.

"Any mugging incident is a cause for concern, but we are particularly alarmed that the mugger was mistaken for a guide.

"An incident like this has never happened before," said Lehmann.

In November, Table Mountain was named one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature" by a global poll organised by "".

It is expected that South Africa will gain an additional 108 000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain being declared one of the new wonders.

- Have you had a similar experience? Send us your story

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-12-29 12:27

    Table mountain is one of the 7th wonders of the world because it will leave visitors wondering where their belongings are!

      Balletjies - 2011-12-29 14:05

      Yes, or wonder if you will get mugged or not

      Kevin Nicklin - 2011-12-29 14:14

      Let's put a mugg and bean up there and recall the shop ' bean mugged'!

      Jennifer - 2011-12-29 15:08

      and leave you Wondering around Africa moneyless ,yet armed with Great stories to thrill and delight your friends back home.

      The-Azanian - 2011-12-29 15:12

      lolest that is should be comedian.

  • kdutoit - 2011-12-29 12:41

    "An incident like this has never happened before," said Lehmann. Really? Didn't we have a story about a guy breaking his leg trying to run away from a mugger on Table mountain? And as for the 108000 additional tourists - I don't think so - unless they can't google or can't read... word gets around

      tony.kirby1 - 2011-12-29 13:41

      What they mean is the mugger being mistaken for a guide.

      Graham - 2011-12-29 15:34

      Broken leg incident was near Hout bay. The table mountain chain is huge and must be treated like any city park. Hyde park in London has more muggings and similar visitor numbers. Table mountain is not countryside!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-29 12:48

    It might never have happened before but its given the other 10000 lazy,good for nothing crims a new angle! Today its just not worth visiting poplular tourist sites-you are an open target for these low lifes!!!!

      michel.pieterse - 2011-12-30 04:51

      Just lie in bed Shirley and pull the blanket over your eyes, you will be safe

  • janine.cronje - 2011-12-29 13:57

    The question is, if this carries on, how long will Table Mountain hold it's title?

  • Kevin - 2011-12-29 13:59

    AAAAAH At last one of the Wonders of the World.. a mountain with built-in mugging facilities Just the thing to "promote" our country from third to fourth world status !!! Next thing will be the Cable Car Hijackers !!

  • charleshenryb - 2011-12-29 14:45

    Visit Table Mountain and be guided to the top by reliable muggers. They will even carry your things for free. Lighten up, call us today and we will find one that will fit your pocket perfectly.

  • George - 2011-12-29 15:18

    Have they actually confirmed that it was NOT a guide?

      barry.mcbride - 2011-12-29 19:02

      ‘LOL’, that’s so true!

  • sean.looney - 2011-12-29 16:03

    i guess is wouldn't be as salacious to report the amount of people who make it up and down table mountain without any trouble whatsoever. muggings happen at major tourist destinations the world over.. just ask anyone whose been to new york/paris/london/los angeles.

      Adam - 2011-12-29 17:20

      @Sean Looney: Here is one that you can ask. I have been to the cities you have listed. NYC at least a dozen times, Paris 3 times, Lived in London and LA at least 5 times. I have walked the streets as a tourist both day and night every day I was there. Simply put, its the odds. There are greater odds of getting mugged on Table Mountain than the cities you listed. Put even more simply, I have an expensive watch and blackberry. When I visit anywhere else in the world, I carry both on me. When I travel to SA I have a R100 watch and a cell phone the size of a brick. Why, the odds......much greater chance of "losing" them involuntarily in SA.....and yes, I am a South African. As I write, I look out my office window and chuckle. All those guys wandering around town with cell phones in pouches on their hips. Does not even cross their mind that someone may run past and snag it off their hip.

      sean.looney - 2011-12-29 18:21

      well i've lived in london myself and my house in london was the only house i've ever lived in where i've had the misfortune of being robbed (they climbed up along our roof and stole my flatmates laptop, external hard drive, guitar and cellphone). on top of that i live in dublin now and there is a massive issue here with iphones being stolen. all im trying to point out is that even though a lot of south africans think the grass is greener on the other side its not necessarily the case. unfortunately our media love fueling the negative perceptions of south africa.

      Adam - 2011-12-29 21:39

      @Sean: The topic is mugging, house breaking is a whole different ball game and was the crux of my reply. As far as the "grass is greener" goes, I fully agree. In the UK, the "grass" was covered by snow a lot of the time, so left, the "grass" in Cyrus was rather brown, the "grass" in the States had a lot of signs" keep off" "dont walk your dog" "keep off as its not your grass" even though I am American too. I found a combination of "greener grass" and golden beach sand in the Caribbean. So yes, there is "greener grass" you just gotta move around and find the "grass" that works for you. The "grass" in SA although greenish, seemed to get ravaged by "veld fires" too often for my liking.

      nawtymonz - 2011-12-30 07:25

      @ Sean, I completely disagree with your statement on the grass being greener. You just have to find the right pasture. I have relocated to Singapore and I forgot my phone on the beach a couple of weekends ago. When i arrived back at the beach, the owner of the beach bar was keeping my phone safe - makes you wonder what does keep law and order in a country.

  • Alon - 2011-12-29 23:38

    So how are people supposed to know who is a real guide and who isn't? What measures have been put in place ? If you're running the 7th wonder of the world you better start thinking about such things!

  • michel.pieterse - 2011-12-30 06:29

    Doomsday profits whom lives in a constant state of fear, I find it a bit pathetic really! It doesn’t take a genius to see that if you have a large concentration of tourists in a area that there will be petty crime anywhere in the world, I think the City of CT has done very well over the last few years and should be commended for their actions and sure they will take precaution measures after incidents such as these that could harm their rep. @ Adam, I am also well traveled but I take the good with the bad everywhere I go, so I enjoy the “free to all none snow covered green grass next to our golden beaches under our big blue skies” in SA. If we all good be a bit more positive and little less cynical and perhaps even a bit more pro active instead of sitting each morning whining and moaning and aggravating fear then perhaps soon the fire will run out of fuel and News24 will stop feeding us with brain dead rubbish

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