UK tourist killed in Cape Town
A woman from the UK on holiday in Cape Town was killed after she and her partner were hijacked in the city, Western Cape police said on Sunday.
Two armed men approached the couple’s shuttle service bus at the intersection of the NY108 and NY112 in Gugulethu at about 11pm on Saturday, forced the driver out and drove off with them, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said in a statement.
At about midnight they dropped the 31-year-old man off in the Harare area of Khayelitsha.
“After seeking the assistance of a passing motorist, he was taken to Harare police station unharmed.”
Following a search, the hijacked vehicle—a Volkswagen Sharan—was found in Lingelethu West. The body of the 28-year-old woman was found on the back seat.
Traut would not comment on how she was killed, saying an autopsy would be conducted. He would also not disclose their names of the couple. They arrived in Cape Town last Thursday.
The two men were still at large.
The British High Commission in Pretoria has offered to help the victims’ families.
“We are aware of the situation ... and we’re offering consulate assistance,” said spokesperson Gary Benham.
“We cannot give out any information about the couple ... it will be up to the family whether to release details or not.” - Sapa