Lookout towers considered in Tokai safety bid

The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is considering erecting lookout towers in Lower Tokai Forest in an effort to improve safety in the area.

Security in Tokai Forest came under the spotlight in March when 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger was murdered and raped while jogging there. Her body was found in the tall, dense fynbos.

A week later, a Muizenberg woman, Cyndie Dennis, found a man waiting for her on the back seat of her car when returning from a walk in the forest, but her dog scared him away.

In a statement SANParks said it was investigating all viable means to improve safety in Tokai and in other areas of the Park.

“Lookout towers are being considered and more signage will be rolled out in the area,” it said.

Daily patrols by TMNP Rangers and Visitor Safety Officers would continue, while the park would also work closely with the police, neighbourhood watches and other safety forums.

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