German travel agents robbed in South Africa

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1 December 2005, CAPE TOWN - Police in South Africa on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the robbery of German tour operators in Khayelitsha township outside Cape Town on Wednesday.

1 December 2005

CAPE TOWN - Police in South Africa on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the robbery of German tour operators in Khayelitsha township outside Cape Town on Wednesday.

"We are now searching for the other suspects," police spokesman Billy Jones told the SAPA news agency.

Jones noted that only two of the 40 German visitors on a bus were robbed of their valuables when two men entered it as they prepared to leave the impoverished area.

The two were held up at gunpoint and robbed of handbags, cameras, cellphones and money, according to police.

There were no reports of injuries.

The group was among about 300 German travel agents from various parts of Germany currently touring South Africa as guests of SA Tourism.

SA Tourism chief executive Moeketsi Mosola said he was "dismayed and deeply concerned" over the group's robbery, adding that "an incident such as this has significantly negative consequences for everyone".

"This is an appalling incident and our deepest concern goes to those affected," he said.

South Africa's tourism minister also expressed a similar view, saying the robbery was unacceptable and indefensible.

DPA

Subject: German news

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