Ex-finance minister Tito Mboweni says murder of German tourist ‘boring’

  • Former Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has expressed his displeasure over the murder of a German tourist
  • He said the 67-year-old’s murder had undermined efforts to promote tourism in South Africa.
  • Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele reassured that the ‘callous’ murder would not go unpunished

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MPUMALANGA – The recent murder of a German tourist near the Numbi Gate of the Kruger National Park has left citizens in shock. Among those angered by the increase in criminal violence is former finance minister Tito Mboweni.

Former Finance Minister Tito Mboweni called for the arrest of the murderers of the German tourist. Image: Archival Image and Waldo Swiegers
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The former politician said the 67-year-old’s murder had undermined the country’s efforts to promote tourism. He said the incident was “boring” and called on law enforcement officials to spare no effort to find the killers.

Take from Twitter to express his anger, he said the killers were “economic saboteurs”. Mboweni added:

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“Some of us are working very hard and smart to promote tourism. And the murderers are undermining our efforts.

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The police arrested three people for questioning. Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Commissioner Fannie Masemola recently visited the crime scene.

According SchedulesLIVE, Cele said police would not let the “ruthless” killing go unpunished. He also called for a long-term solution to protect community members and tourists.

The minister said that the police have a duty to protect the people of the country and that the tourism sector has a responsibility to give its customers information and knowledge about their environment.

South Africans react to Tito Mboweni’s words:

@tekoSynergy said:

“South African citizens are confronted with such atrocities daily and you decide to speak out when foreign nationals are the recipients. Start talking about such events when ordinary SA citizens are confronted with them. Do better leadership.

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@SamDanLaz commented:

“Do these perpetrators ever consider the ramifications of their actions? Damage to the national image and to the tourism industry as a whole. Sad situation. RIP to the victim.

@BryanTorien posted:

“Imagine law enforcement working hard to leave no stone unturned for everyone in the country. Thus, its inhabitants can feel safe in their own country. Not just when it’s a tourist who’s dead, sir. We also count and contribute much more to taxes than tourists.

German tourists have cut short their trip to South Africa following a murder on the road to Numbi, citizens protest against crime levels

In a related case, In brief News also reported that German tourists who were part of the group attacked near the Numbi Gate of Kruger National Park on Monday October 3 will return home earlier than planned.

The early departure on Wednesday October 5 comes after one of them was killed in what was suspected to be a botched hijacking.

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Mdluli Safari Lodge executive director Chris Schalkwyk told News24 that tourists would fly from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg and Germany.

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