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German tourist's murder undermines SA's tourism recovery – Creecy

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German tourist's murder undermines SA's tourism recovery – Creecy

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
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Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

4th October 2022

By: Thabi Madiba
Creamer Media Senior Research Assistant and Reporter

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Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on Tuesday appealed to the Mpumalanga police to find the perpetrators who killed a German tourist.

A group of German tourists was travelling to a Mdluli community-owned safari lodge, in Mpumalanga, when they were held up by a group on the Numbi road on Monday afternoon. One member of the group of four tourists was shot and killed during the attack. 

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Creecy condemned the crime and added that the tourist’s murder will undermine the country’s tourism recovery and job creation as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The killing of a foreign tourist to South Africa is detrimental to the country’s attempts to recover from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The safari lodge, which opened its doors to the public shortly before the international travel ban to stem the spread of the pandemic, employs 200 local community members comprising 95% of the staff complement. These men and women are also part of a skills development programme,” explained Creecy.

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She said police should work tirelessly to bring the murderers to book.

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