SANParks to immediately increase patrols on mountain trails for safety of hikers

Following violent mugging incidents that took place on groups of people hiking on different trails around Cape Town, Table Mountain Watch raised concerns with the lack of accountability by SANParks.

Spokesperson for Table Mountain Watch, Andre van Schalkwyk asked SANParks to table their plans for safety on the mountain and other hiking trails and spell out how they would like to be assisted if necessary.

We don't want to play a role at the spear-end of this plan. We believe that professionals have to be brought in, either Saps or security companies that specialise in this kind of things. That's what we would like to see.

Andre van Schalkwyk, Spokesperson for Table Mountain Watch

SANPark's spokesperson Merle Collins says a meeting was held with stakeholders on Monday and a decision to deploy additional security was agreed upon.

Saps has agreed to deploy additional resources. They are going to do on going surveillance and we are going to increase patrols immediately.

Merle Collins, Western Cape Spokesperson for SAN Parks

We are going to use crime intelligence because we need to find out which escape routes were used and have a successful conviction.

Merle Collins, Western Cape Spokesperson for SAN Parks

To hear more of this conversation about safety on Table Mountain and other trails, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SANParks to immediately increase patrols on mountain trails for safety of hikers


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