Man arrested for robbing tourist

Bo-Kaap resident, Saud Gamiets bicycle worth R30 000 was stolen.

Cape Town police have taken a suspect into custody on a charge that he allegedly robbed a foreign tourist in the Cape Town CBD.

According to Fidelity ADT, one of their armed response officers was doing an inspection in the area of Hatfield Road in Gardens on Wednesday November 7 when he heard a commotion close to the Engen filling station.

“He saw two suspects run at speed down the road with a car guard in pursuit. Our officer joined the chase and managed to apprehend one of the suspects with the assistance of the car guard,” explained Jade Hanning, district manager at Fidelity ADT.

It was later established that the suspect and his alleged accomplice had earlier robbed a tourist of cash at knifepoint.

The knife used in the alleged robbery was found on the suspect, and he was handed over into police custody.

Mr Hanning said the Tourism Safety Task Group has drawn up valuable safety tips for tourists. Among these are that tourists should avoid extravagant displays of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables.

They are advised to not carry large sums of money around and explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets.

Meanwhile, local cyclist Saud Gamiet is appealing to the Bo-Kaap community to help him find his bicycle, which was stolen from his Jordaan Street house in the Bo-Kaap at about 3.30pm on Sunday November 11.

Mr Gamiet said he got the bike two years ago and it was R30 000. Call him on 079 979 8252.