A German vacationer was shot dead in a robbery in South Africa. The man was on Monday afternoon with three other German tourists on the way to a safari lodge in the south of the well-known Kruger National Park, the police said. The tourists were stopped by three armed perpetrators.
When the tourists refused to get out of the car and locked the doors, a perpetrator opened fire on the driver of the car. He drove the car back about 100 meters and drove into a wall. The driver died at the scene of the crime. After the shots were fired, the perpetrators fled without taking anything.
According to the South African television channel SABC News, a police spokesman described the course of events as follows: "The four tourists from Germany were traveling in a Hyundai minibus. The suspects are said to have instructed the tourists to open the doors of their vehicle, but the driver is said to have locked the doors . Apparently one of them shot his torso, unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries." Police asked witnesses to come forward with more information.
The police chief spoke of a "cruel" act and expressed fears that the crime could have a negative impact on tourism. South Africa, with its approximately 60 million inhabitants, is a popular tourist destination for Germans, precisely because of its many national parks. The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It is about an hour from Johannesburg and is visited by about a million people every year.
However, South Africa struggles with a high crime rate. The Federal Foreign Office warns about robberies when driving on the motorway in the urban area. The Ministry recommends not to resist robberies, as the perpetrators are usually armed.
Sources: SABC News / DPA / South African Police Notice
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