Hiker stabbed and mugged on Lion’s Head

An Australian tourist was stabbed on Lion’s Head and another person injured in the Sandy Bay vicinity in separate muggings an hour apart, prompting authorities to warn those visiting mountain areas to do so in groups.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato, worried about the two weekend incidents, said he would on Tuesday reassess the security plans focusing on the mountain chain.

Those visiting the mountain, especially secluded areas, should do so in groups of four or more, said regional SANParks spokeswoman Merle Collins.

“Don’t bring your valuables. What you do bring, don’t display it openly,” she said.

The two attacks, on Sandy Bay and Lion’s Head, both happened late on Sunday.

On Monday, police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said Australian tourists Aaron Joseph Ryan and his wife had been on the Camps Bay side of Lion’s Head at about 6.58pm when three men mugged them.

“During the incident, Mr Ryan tried to fight his attackers and got stabbed in the left shoulder,” Van Wyk said.

He said Ryan was robbed of his wallet, camera, cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money.

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6 Responses to Hiker stabbed and mugged on Lion’s Head

  1. Margherita Dec 19, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Does anybody know what route on Lion’s Head this attack took place? Was this on the standard/popular route up? There are several paths on Lion’s Head, so it would be helpful to know if these attacks keep happening on the same path…

    • ME Dec 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      From the reports I heard, it was on the main path.
      Again, typical response from SANparks “don’t bring your camera”. Utter rubbish.

      • Margherita Dec 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

        Thanks for the info 🙂
        Yeah, pfft… I value my life. My camera, on the other hand, is insured.

        • ME Dec 20, 2013 at 10:49 am #

          My point is that their answer to the tourists is for them to leave their valuables at home. Of course the absurdity of SANparks promoting the area as a natural heritage site, and inviting tourists to visit, and then not making it safe cannot be overlooked. Nor can the fact that this has been going on, year after year, with no end ever being in sight. Where are the rangers? There are not as many ways up and down LH as people would like to think. We need a few army patrols stationed in the hills at these times. The laws need to be adjusted so that the absolute harshest sentences can be handed out to these lowlife thugs. The damage done to our country is far beyond a mugging. It’s a perception of danger and lawlessness.

          SANPARKS: When will you people actually wake up and start doing something. Your heads must be so deeply buried in the sand of denial that surely by now you have come out the other side? Fools

          • G-Clamp Dec 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

            Don’t worry ME, the rangers are to busy harassing legitimate mountain users to have time to waste on the real criminals.

            Too busy trying to enforce a “permit/activity card” system which hasn’t been thought out, is not understood by people on the ground (the rangers) and has no provision for certain situations.

            But oh ja I forgot this is how they make money so management can get some nice bonuses at the end of the year. Who cares about peoples safety thats not going pay the cheques.

  2. Karlos Dec 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    On Friday 20 December 2013, at 18:50 during a joint Crime Prevention Operation at Signal Hill between Cape Town Central Police members and Table Mountain National Park Rangers, 3 juveniles were arrested and during a follow-up operation by Cape Town Central Detectives a 22 year old suspect was arrested. The four suspects reside in Phillippi.

    The suspects have been charged with Robbery Aggravated, Assault GBH and Possession of Stolen Property. They were taken to Cape Town Magistrates court this morning for their first appearance. Bail was opposed by Cape Town Central Police and we await further information on this.
    Once again – nice work SAPS and TM Rangers. We thank them and the local neighbourhood watch members and others working toward keeping this challenging green area safe. The issue of juveniles committing crimes on weekends has been one that TBK has been dealing with for some time – it isn’t an easy one to manage. Our local cops have given good assistance and advice
    Mountain Tips from SAPS:
    Do not walk alone. Always ensure that you are in a group at least four people.
    Take your mobile phone with you- with the emergency number punched in.
    Always let someone know which route you wil take and how long you wil be away.
    If you get lost stay where you are.
    Beware of your surroundings.
    If a criminal confronts you, do not resist. Hand over the goods and remain calm.

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