Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has expressed outrage following the attack on four German tourists on Monday, October 3, 2022 while on their way to a lodge near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, during which one of the tourists was fatally shot.
Minister Sisulu met with her relatives this morning, before her departure to Germany, to express her deepest condolences.
“I would like to again convey my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the tourist who died in this incident.
I also call on law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of the crime to light.”
German tourists arrived in the country on September 20, 2022, landing at Cape Town International Airport.
They stayed in Cape Town for 4 nights and 5 days, then headed to Durban and stayed there for 4 days and 3 nights.
From Durban they traveled to Drakensberg and stayed there for 2 nights, and then on Monday 03 October 2022 they drove over 600km to Mpumalanga.
During their interaction with the Minister, although still traumatized, the tourists indicated that this was an isolated incident that could have happened to anyone and that all countries are dealing with some level of crime.
The tourists said that they love South Africa and the beauty of the country.
“The tourism industry has united around the family to ensure that all measures are being taken to prevent such an incident from happening again.
The Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism has also awarded a reward of R50,000.00 to anyone who can come forward with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators,” Sisulu said.
The Minister also assured tourists that the Department of Tourism will continue its efforts within the Government to guarantee tourist safety in the area.
“The attack of tourists is not something that happens on a daily basis in the country and South Africa is a safe destination,” Sisulu said.
Minister Sisulu sees tourism as a happiness industry that requires the safety of all tourists, local and international.
“ Tourism is at the heart of our economic growth strategy and contributes 3.7% to South Africa’s GDP, more than agriculture, public services and construction.
The sector has the capacity to handle more than 14.80 million visitors according to 2019 estimates.
Tourism safety has been consistently identified through a number of studies, media and crime reports as a challenge that threatens tourism growth and thus foreign direct investment, visitor spending, and employment.” He said that criminal incidents targeting tourists and tourism products tarnish South Africa’s reputation and create a negative perception of our country and destination and in turn impact both the visitor experience and visitor numbers.
“It is wrong that South Africans are predisposed to crime.
We are a peace-loving nation that peacefully ended one of the worst crimes of modern humanity, the apartheid system,” Sisulu said.