Tourists who visited the Kruger National Park and exited through the Numbi Gate, were robbed in broad daylight after slowing down at a speed hump on their way back to their hotel.
In the latest in a series of attacks on visitors to the KNP who travelled on the Numbi Road, four tourists were robbed on Monday at around 15:00.
According to the Masoyi police spokesperson, Captain Nanikie Nonyane, the victims’ vehicle slowed down at a speed hump that had not been constructed by the municipality.
“The car slowed down and the suspects pointed a gun at the driver, ordering him to stop. Fortunately, there were police on the same road in an unmarked car who noticed the car and went to investigate.
“The perpetrators a fired a shot at the police and fled the scene on foot with a phone stolen from the victims,” she says.
She states that the tourists refused to press charges, which makes it difficult for the police to investigate the matter. No one was injured during the robbery.
The tourists were escorted to a safe place.
“They decided to abandon their accommodation in Hazyview and are currently staying with a relative in Mbombela. We are pleading with all tourists to press charges if they are attacked so that police can investigate,” says Nonyane.
The KNP’s general manager for communications and marketing, Isaac Phaahla, stated that they will not comment on the matter because it occurred outside of their jurisdiction and is now under police investigation.
This is the second attack in three weeks. The Lowvelderreported that two German tourists were attacked on the same road om March 31 shortly after exiting the KNP through Numbi Gate.
On Friday, the newspaper reported that a meeting took place between role players in the area. It was determined that police and security visibility will be increased, and security cameras will be installed along the road.