Dutch tourists leave SA after attack

Dutch tourists leave SA after attackā€

Police have confirmed a brazen robbery of 36 Dutch tourists on Sunday allegedly carried out by group of criminals, one of whom was dressed in SAPS uniform.

A group of 36 Dutch tourists were flying out of South Africa on Tuesday after they were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday in a brazen heist while traveling from Johannesburg's main global airport to their hotel, officials said.

The data also showed that The Netherlands was one of the three countries (the other two being China and India) in the top 10 which registered a decline in the number of tourists visiting South Africa during the month of June.

The hands and feet of the bus driver and the tour leader were tied up with cable ties. "A group of other suspects dressed in (civilian clothing) robbed them (tourists) of their belongings", Naidoo explained.

The incident is an embarrassment for South Africa, a country keen to promote itself as a tourist destination but scarred by violent crime.

Earlier in the day, journalists were barred from entering the property.

"It was a dramatic experience and as much as they wanted to stay longer, what they came across on Sunday was nearly like a hostage situation by criminals who undermined the authority of the state", Mbalula said. "And they are not deterred because the criminals would have been victorious".

"They've gone back home and some of them have promised that maybe after a year they will come back and so on".

"Our biggest concern is, if people had to die on that bus, it would have been worse than it is now".

Mbalula said the criminals will be caught and brought to book.

"Most of the passengers are 70-plus".

"I'm really shocked by it, but I am confident that we will find the people who did this".

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