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Media Release: TMNP increases foot and vehicle patrols after Lion’s Head attacks

Date: 3rd December 2008

The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to warn visitors to be careful when walking in various popular routes in the Park as two South African women were mugged in two separate incidents on Lion’s Head around 19:20 on Tuesday, 2 December 2008.

The Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to warn visitors to be careful when walking in various popular routes in the Park as two South African women were mugged in two separate incidents on Lion’s Head around 19:20 on Tuesday, 2 December 2008.

One woman was rescued by a group of hikers who heard her screams as a man was demanding her handbag. Another was robbed of personal belongings, a few minutes later. Both women have laid charges at the Cape Town Central Police Station. Both suspects are still at large.

“The TMNP has increased its foot and vehicle patrols in the area. We would like to urge members to walk in groups of at least four and not carry valuables,” says Paddy Gordon, area manager, northern section of Table Mountain National Park.

He adds that the Park continues to clear all possible hiding places in the Lion’s Head precinct and that the TMNP rangers have found clothing and a shoe that is believed to belong to one of the suspects during their combing operation last night. A joint TMNP and SAPS investigation of the attacks is underway.

Inquiries:

  • Phumeza Mgxashe, Communications Manager, Table Mountain National Park, tel: (021) 701 8692, cell: 083 480 1522
  • Captain Randall Stoffels, Head of Communications: Cape Town Central SAPS, cell: 082 469 1835
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