Cape Town tourism leaders have expressed dismay at international media reports of what has been dubbed “Kill a Tourist Day”, in which tourists are supposedly being deliberately targeted for murder in the city.
Reports surfaced in the UK this weekend that actress Victoria Smurfit and her husband, Doug Baxter, were allegedly shot at in a taxi on Strand Street in the city centre on New Year’s Eve.
The actress told a reporter that she was told, supposedly by police, that her experience was part of a “Kill a Tourist Day”.
She said she had been injured by shards of glass and that the incident had left her family traumatised.
Police spokesman Randall Stoffells confirmed on Monday the taxi had been hit by a “projectile” which had smashed the back window. It was being studied by ballistics experts.
Cape Town Routes Unlimited head Calvin Gilfellan said: “There is certainly no such thing (as Kill a Tourist Day).
“As the official marketing organisation, we would condemn any attcks on visitors. We are not aware of any such thing – it’s ridiculous.”