The establishment of a high-level security cluster to tackle crime at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, south of Pretoria, is expected to take place next week.
This follows a spate of visitors falling victim to attacks in the reserve, mostly at knifepoint, Rekord East reported.
In the most recent incident, two men were arrested following the assault and robbery of two woman at the reserve at the weekend.
Taschia Slabbert said she and her mother were attacked while on a trail hike on Saturday.
“We saw these guys who we thought were jogging to go past us,” she said.
The women unknowingly moved out of the way, but the men allegedly stopped in front of them and demanded they hand over their belongings. The men were arrested soon after.
Meanwhile, a petition was sent to Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa last week urging him to step in before the situation worsened.
Tshwane metro confirmed security measures had been upgraded at the reserve and a patrol team was monitoring the area.
“We have posted notices at the entrance of the resort to inform people to stay vigilant at all the times and to call our emergency numbers if they see anything suspicious at the reserve,” metro spokesperson Selby Bokaba said.
Tshwane MMC for economic development and planning, Subesh Pillay is to spearhead the establishment of the security cluster scheduled for May 10.
– Caxton News Service