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WC minister calls for an anti-crime campaign following the killing of a tourist at Chapman’s Peak

A Ukranian man was robbed and killed on Saturday on one of the Cape Peninsula’s major tourist attractions, Chapmans Peak.

The 44-year-old man was walking at The East Fort, a listed heritage site in the Table Mountain National Park at around 11am when he was stabbed to death during a robbery.

News24 reported that three suspects fled the scene with the mans backpack which contained his personal effects.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said neighbourhood watch members apprehended a 25-year-old man who was in possession of the stolen items.

The chairperson of the Table Mountain Safety Action Group, Andrè van Schalkwyk said that the attack took place not far from the car park, about 10m up the trail.

The path is quiet overgrown but there has not been an attack or robbery at East Fort in a long time, said van Schalkwyk.

The Western Cape community safety minister, Albert Fritz condemned the murder, saying that they cannot allow crime to threaten the tourism industry.  His intention is to meet with safety stakeholders of municipalities in the province to collaborate a safety strategy to combat crime.

Fritz is calling for SAPS, law enforcement, SANParks and the SANDF to share collective intelligence in combating the problem, as it appears criminals have been displaced as a result of police crime-prevention efforts.

There have been reports of spatial displacement to the CBD and the hinterlands which means criminals have changed location.

Known gangsters have been arrested in Hermanus after moving their operation from Elsies River community.