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Lindiwe Sisulu and members of her department hold a press briefing.
Lindiwe Sisulu and members of her department hold a press briefing.
Cebelihle Bhengu
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05 October 19:34

The briefing has ended...

05 October 19:32

Sisulu refused to entertain questions on the impact of load-shedding on tourists and tourism. She says this would take away from the current incident.

- Cebelihle Bhengu

05 October 19:24

Sisulu says a recent study commissioned by the department shows that tourism is recovering well after the pandemic. "We are a people who love other people. That is the image we want people to have."

- Cebelihle Bhengu

05 October 19:09

SA is violent, but special attention is dedicated to tourist attractions to ensure their safety. Their safety is paramount for the industry.

The department advises tourists on which areas are safest and least so to prevent such incidents. SA has only had three tourist deaths in 27 years. "This is a record of safety. For tourists, we provide maximum security," Sisulu.

- Cebelihle Bhengu

05 October 19:06

Sisulu says SA has previously successfully addressed safety issues of tourists who complained about being followed. She says government is working hard to secure as many tourists as possible. The three arrested are being questioned about why the tourists were targeted, among other things.

Sisulu says Cele said the Kruger is a problematic area. It will either be secured or an alternative route will be introduced. 

- Cebelihle Bhengu

05 October 19:00

Before questions start, German ambassador Andreas Peschke thanks the police and the SA government for their swift response and investigation of the murder. "We are grateful that the government of SA gave so much prominence to dealing with this case." He says Germany is SA's third largest tourism market.

05 October 18:59

Sisulu has concluded her address. The panel will take questions. 

05 October 18:57

"South Africans are a peace-loving people. It is our sincerest regret that this has happened," she says. 

05 October 18:56

The minister says this incident happened as the country was bouncing back from the effects of lockdown in 2020. "This is a very sad day for us. It's a very sad day for the German people. We are very concerned about the safety of our tourism. We want to assure people that SA is a safe place."

05 October 18:55

She says: "We have given all that we can... the business chamber of tourism has made a R50 000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to arrests." 

She assures the public that the government is doing what it can to curb incidents of this kind. 

05 October 18:54

The minister says the man's body will be sent to Germany tomorrow. 

05 October 18:53

Sisulu says a plane was hired to transport the body from Mpumalanga. 

05 October 18:51

Sisulu says: "They love the country, they were happy to be here... they were upset about the reporting to the German community, and how it was relayed to the children" of the man who was killed.

Sisulu says it appears that the group of tourists were on their way back to their lodge from the park. While driving, the assailants had accosted them. 

05 October 18:50

Sisulu says Bheki Cele informed her that three people have been arrested.

The tourists arrived last month. They stayed in Cape Town, Durban, Drakensburg and then Mpumalanga. 

The autopsy has been done on the deceased man. His body will be repatriated on Thursday. The wife left this afternoon.

05 October 18:49

Sisulu takes over.

She says the department is shocked by the killing. She again says the department met with the family to arrange for their return to Germany. 

05 October 18:48

People living in the property behind that wall came out to investigate what happened. That is what caused the assailants to flee. 

05 October 18:47

The car was stopped after hitting a water tank behind the wall. 

05 October 18:46

The driver was shot and his body slumped over inside the car. The assailants continued walking toward the tourists' car. The driver then accidentally drove the car backwards. The hired car traveled about 100 meters backwards and veered off the street and hit a wall. 

05 October 18:45

Then, the sound of the tourists' vehicle's locking mechanism was heard. This caused one of the assailants to fire a shot. 

05 October 18:44

The spokesperson says the family would not like to disclose their names.

The statement says the family was with other German tourists in a vehicle. A passing vehicle then blocked off their path. Three men armed with pistols jumped out and walked toward them.

05 October 18:43

A statement by the family is being read out. 

05 October 18:42

Sisulu says she met with the family, who was traumatised.

She says the wife of the man who was murdered was upset at how the story was reported in German media. She says the wife gave the department a description of events. 

05 October 18:41

Since the dawn of democracy, only three international tourists have been killed in the country, says Sisulu. She cites the Anni Dewani case as one. 

05 October 18:40

Sisulu has begun her address...

05 October 18:36

Sisulu has finally arrived. The briefing looks set to start soon. 

05 October 18:19

We are expecting the minister to begin speaking any moment now...

05 October 17:52

Preparations are underway for Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu's media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport.

Sisulu earlier met with tourism officials and a group of German tourists who were attacked near Kruger Park. 

Journalists are trickling in ahead of a media briefing on the meeting between the tourists and Sisulu.

- Cebelihle Bhengu

05 October 17:46

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will hold a media briefing over the death of a German tourist at Kruger National Park. 

On Monday, a group of tourists were attacked when making their way to a lodge near the park. 

A 67-year-old German tourist shot dead in the attack. The group was ambushed by armed men, who then sped off in their VW Caddy after shooting the driver through the window when he refused to open the vehicle's doors. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele said today that police identified three people of interest.

Sisulu's office said she skipped a Cabinet Lekgotla to spend some time with the tourists. Sisulu also met with German tourists earlier today at OR Tambo International Airport.

Sisulu's briefing is expected to start at 18:00.

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