Cape Town – The Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism ( KLCBT) has reportedly offered a R50 000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the gunmen who shot and killed a German tourist at Numbi Road near White River on Monday.
The four German tourists were enroute to Numbi Gate at Mdluli Safari when three armed suspects attacked and the driver was shot dead.
The CEO of KLCBT, Linda Grimbeek, hoped that the reward money would help flush the suspects out of hiding, News24 reported.
“We hope that the R50 000 reward will get [the criminals] out of their hiding hole,” the report quoted Grimbeek as saying.
She said that they had had private security and cameras on the road of the incident since April and no incidents had been reported, the report said.
The report said the German Embassy was in close contact with SA authorities while a consular team was “taking care” of the shooting survivors.
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Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called for law enforcement agencies to “leave no stone unturned in bringing the suspects to books”.
“I condemn this murder and robbery in the strongest terms and call for harsh punishment for those responsible,
“Tourism is one of our economic drivers and a provider of jobs for the youth. We must work hard to protect this industry,” Sisulu said in a statement on Twitter.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Commissioner of the SAPS General Fannie Masemola were set to visit the province, as the police intensified their investigation, said Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala in a statement.
According to Mohlala, the attackers instructed the tourists to open the vehicle doors, but instead, the driver locked all the doors before he was shot.
“It is when the driver reportedly locked all the doors that one of the suspects allegedly shot him on the upper body through the window. The driver died on the scene before the suspects sped off in their vehicle,” said Mohlala.
Mohlala said police were investigating a case of murder.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe