A woman was reportedly mugged, robbed of her backpack and stabbed in the neck on Tuesday morning in the historic Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
According to IOL, the woman – a French national – was attacked in Chiappini Street – the famed street that draws hundreds of tourists daily thanks to its history and colourful rows of houses.
Bo-Kaap said that he had heard a woman screaming for help and had gone to investigate. He saw the victim where she was lying on the pavement, bleeding from the violent attack.
ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen said in a statement that a woman, believed to be in her 20s, had sustained serious injuries following a stabbing in Schotsche Kloof in Cape Town on Monday morning.
According to van Huyssteen it is believed that the woman was walking in the area before an alleged assailant assaulted her.
Tourists are apparently easy targets in the area and are also unaware of the dangers in the area. Tourists are increasingly being warned to avoid South Africa because of the huge incidence of violence.
Tourism revenue amounts to millions of rand annually, but the tap is already half-wrapped and can be covered if something is done to the security situation.
Experts, however, point out that foreign visitors are increasingly shunning away from tours to South Africa where 50 murders and more than 100 rapes are committed daily.
Source: Die Vryburger, News 24, iOL