On Tuesday, residents of the historic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, in Cape Town, were rocked by the blood-curdling screams of a French tourist who’d fallen victim to armed robbery, something that has become a regular occurrence in the crime-ridden Mother City.
As reported by Africa News Agency (ANA), the tourist was robbed of her backpack and stabbed in the neck after a short tussle with the suspects on Chiappinni Street.
Bo-Kaap notorious for tourist robberies
Residents of the popular neighbourhood ran out after they had heard the tourist’s cry for help.
According to Tristan Chesselet, by the time residents had seen to the victim, she was laying on the ground with blood trickling from her neck.
Bo-Kaap, a colourful escape from the bustling noise of the city’s central bowl district (CBD) is no stranger to tourist activity.
In fact, the neighbourhood sees hundreds of people from all walks of life inhabiting short-stay rental units in the area.
It offers affordable accommodation at a walking distance from all of the city’s attractions.
Moreover, there is just something majestic about the historic area, that has since been declared a national heritage site.
Police criticised for delayed response time
Unfortunately, its ability to attract tourists has also drawn criminal activity. It is an easy pick for thugs, who target foreigners because of their unfamiliarity with the area.
The police have yet to reveal what the suspects involved in this robbery made it off with. According to Chesselet, however, it took them at least 45 minutes to arrive on the scene.
“She was crying, I’m not sure how severe the wound was. Some of our neighbours were already outside. The ambulance and police took 45 minutes to arrive on the scene,” he said.
Luckily, the incident was captured on CCTV footage and it ought to assist investigators with useful information about the identity of the suspects.