The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape strongly condemns the attack on a group of tourists that happened yesterday, 25 April 2018, just outside the Cape Town Castle. It has been reported that tourists were left stranded after a group, who are allegedly part of the ongoing bus strike, smashed the transport’s windscreen, and took the keys, as they did not want any busses on the roads.
I call on all the SAPS and all law enforcement agencies to swiftly arrest the perpetrators involved in this attack. In addition to this, I call on the Unions to make it clear to their members that their criminal acts are unacceptable. A speedy resolution to the bus strike must be found, so that both local commuters and tourists are not caught in the middle of this dispute.
It is vital that tourists, just as any other person, are protected from criminals. Tourism in the Western Cape has grown by 7,5% between the 4th Quarter of 2016 and the 4th Quarter of 2017, bringing R6,6 billion into the provincial economy and creating 26 758 jobs since 2013. This attack and the recent spike in assaults could increasingly harm the sector and drive tourists away from the Province.
As the DA in the Western Cape, we remain committed to marketing our province as a world class tourist destination, creating a safe and thriving industry which creates sustainable employment for our residents.