36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:18 pm

Dutch tourists robbed after leaving Johannesburg airport
Associated Press



JOHANNESBURG – South African authorities say thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed several dozen Dutch tourists who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johanneburg's main international airport.

The government issued a statement saying the robbers, including a man dressed in a police uniform and five others in civilian clothing, stopped the bus and demanded that the 36 tourists hand over their valuables. It said one tourist was injured and was taken to hospital.


South African media say the attack on the elderly tourists in northern Johannesburg happened on Sunday night.

There have been periodic reports of thieves robbing people who have driven from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Authorities say they increased security and were investigating whether any airport workers may have helped the robbers.

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Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:20 pm

This is shocking, especially after blabbermouth Police/Sports minister swore these airport-following things would end. More importantly, it is on top GLOBAL newsfeeds. An official has begged the tourists to come back one day... :evil:

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:34 pm

And there I was believing the news feed over here that Joburg to safer for international tourists :-(

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:08 am

Dutch tourists leave SA after being targeted by robbers
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/dutch-tourists-leave-sa-after-being-targeted-by-robbers-20170926

Johannesburg - Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that the 36 Dutch tourists who were robbed by bogus police officers would be leaving South Africa.

The tourists, who cut short their 22-day visit, were on their way to the airport on Tuesday after the incident took place on Sunday. The group, along with their tour guide and bus driver, were robbed shortly after arriving in the country while en route to their accommodation. They were stopped by a police car and a man who was dressed in police uniform. Five others were dressed in civilian clothing.

They were robbed of their luggage and all their belongings. The value of the items is not known.

Some of the tourists also suffered injuries during the ordeal and had to receive medical attention when they eventually arrived at the Zulu Nyala Country Manor in Fourways.

Mbalula visited the group at the lodge on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, journalists were barred from entering the property. One of the managers of the lodge chased two reporters away.

"It was a dramatic experience and as much as they wanted to stay longer, what they came across on Sunday was almost like a hostage situation by criminals who undermined the authority of the state," Mbalula said.

'Criminals will be caught'

Mbalula said the tourists were coming to the country to enjoy SA and to spend money, but instead they were targeted by criminals.

He said some of them said they would come back to the country in a year.

"Our biggest concern is, if people had to die on that bus, it would have been worse than it is now. In God's prayers, nobody died."

Mbalula said the criminals will be caught and brought to book.

He had also urged South Africans not to buy the stolen goods.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Marisa Gerards said the group was made up of tourists of varying ages, contrary to an earlier report that said most were over the age of 70.

"Most of these people booked an organised trip, but those who were so concerned about their safety were robbed on Sunday night," Gerards said.

Gerards said what happened on Sunday night was out of the ordinary, saying they had never experienced something like this before.

"I'm really shocked by it, but I am confident that we will find the people who did this."

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:56 am

Terrible! :evil:

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:49 pm

Shocking but sadly not unexpected in this country at the moment O/

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:28 pm

yes and there are now another 36 Anti RSA tourists returning home .So if you look at the power of association those 36 Tourists may now effect the plans of another 1000 odd tourists directly into not visiting apart from the bad press over this already .This country is slipping away rapidly and there doesn't seem to be anyone stepping up to take control as they too busy fighting in the trough over their next contract and the next leader .... O-/ O-/

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:18 pm

Well , what do you expect about nothing being done :O^ Every SA Chief of police for the past number of years were all crooks 0*\

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:54 pm

Well, that is exactly what I'm wondering about too... How does the police car fit into the "game"?
Stolen as well - or a faulty police officer??? I mean, uniforms might be stolen but a police car...
would think so. :X:

Re: 36 Dutch Tourists Robbed in Johannesburg

Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:30 pm

Anything is possible here, Mel! One can "buy" police equipment easily, it seems... O**

Maybe tourists will come back..Lis had it MUCH worse, and seems to be coming back? -O-