CT mountain safety group raises concerns over Table Mountain crime plan

One person was arrested for robbing two hikers and stabbing one of them near Signal Hill.

Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN – A mountain safety group is concerned over an apparent lack of a plan to combat crime on Table Mountain.

In June, there were at least five muggings or attempted muggings reported on hiking routes.

One person was arrested for robbing two hikers and stabbing one of them near Signal Hill.

Incidents have also been reported near the blockhouse at Rhodes Memorial and near the Kleinplaas Dam trail.

Table Mountain Watch Group’s Andre Van Schalkwyk says that there's no plan to decisively deal with the problem.

“We just don’t see sustainable solutions. It’s just a reactionary method. We have asked for solutions, like putting up an observation sign and employing people to watch it, or pay them a stipend.”

But SanParks' Merle Collins says that they work with various organisations to improve safety and security.

“We have a huge volunteer body who are our eyes and ears on the mountain. We would like to prevent all crime. Unfortunately, that is not always a possible task. We are a park, in the middle of a city, surrounded by all sorts of elements.”