Criminals caught on the mountain

SEAM, Law Enforcement, SAPS and mountain bikers caught the alleged criminals.

A joint effort was coordinated by the newly formed Table Mountain Safety Forum in response to an incident involving mountain bikers who were robbed in the Tamboerskloof side of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) on Monday.

The South African National Parks (SANParks), SAPS and the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement tourism unit are members of the forum.

According to a SANParks statement, two known criminals with ties to multiple robberies in the Signal Hill and Lion’s Head area were apprehended after being tracked by TMNP’s Sea, Air, and Mountain (SEAM) team with canines and the assistance of vigilant cyclists who pursued the suspects.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith thanked the recent collaboration for the arrests.

“Special mention must also be extended to ward councillor Francine Higham, who has remained resolute in bringing the various civilian structures into the collaboration efforts, including that of the neighbourhood watches, hiking and trail enthusiasts and that of community safety groups,” said Mr Smith.

“We now need to ensure that these perpetrators are brought to justice for their crimes and for the fear bestowed upon users to the national park,” he said.