Ukrainian tourist stabbed to death, robbed while hiking in Hout Bay, Cape Town

2019-07-27 16:12
Chapman's Peak Drive (File, Netwerk24)

Chapman's Peak Drive (File, Netwerk24)

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A Ukrainian tourist on a walk in Table Mountain National Park in Hout Bay was stabbed to death during a robbery on Saturday, Western Cape police said.

The 44-year-old man died at the scene near East Fort, a coastal fortification on the popular scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, at around 11:00.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said three suspects fled with the man's backpack which contained his personal effects.

Neighbourhood watch members caught one man, 25, allegedly in possession of the stolen items.

READ: Man accused of stabbing Ukranian tourist to death in Cape Town was out on parole

Andrè van Schalkwyk, chairperson of the Table Mountain Safety Action Group, told News24 the attack took place a mere 10m up the trail, not far from the car park.

The vicinity is quite overgrown, he said, but is not currently flagged as a hotspot.

The incident is not the first robbery at East Fort but there hasn't been one for a "long time".

Van Schalkwyk, however, warned hikers to be careful and to not venture out on their own but rather with a bigger group.

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