German tourists robbed in KZN

2018-05-13 17:45
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Three German tourists, all reportedly in their 80s, were robbed by AK-47 wielding men while en route to catch a flight back home at the King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal.

Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) spokesperson Prem Balram said he received a call from a passing motorist reporting an armed robbery in progress on the N2 at the Umdloti Beach offramp.

"Upon arrival, it was established that the two males and a female victim had left the scene to catch their flight. Their Uber driver claimed that he had picked up his clients from their hotel in Umhlanga and was on their way to the airport when they were boxed in by the occupants of a BMW and a VW Golf 7."

Balram said four men armed with AK47 rifles "approached the tourists and robbed them off their luggage and valuables before fleeing in their getaway vehicles".

"The suspects wore balaclavas to hide their identity. The victims were not injured during the robbery."

Police are investigating.

Uber spokesperson, Samantha Allenberg said the incident was flagged to the company's Incident Response Team, who is trained to deal with these type of incidents. 

"As soon as we heard about this incident, our Incident Response Team reached out to the driver-partner and rider to check on their well-being and we stand ready to help police with any information needed for their investigation. Crime is an unfortunate reality in SA, and while no means of transportation can be 100% incident or accident-free, technology can improve safety by creating accountability and transparency where previously there was none," she said.

The company reiterated that the safety of its riders and driver-partners was a top priority. 

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