Friday, July 28, 2006

Street children steal from tourists

By Odette Ismail

Two British tourists were robbed by street children in Long Street, Cape Town on Thursday. Steve Ollier and Clare Wilding from Wales were walking when three street children threatened to stab them if they were not given money.

Ollier told the Cape Times that the children shoved them into a corner in the busy street and threatened them, but Ollier said he did not see any weapons.

Meanwhile Wilding was not aware that Ollier was being robbed, as she pushed one child who stood on her foot.

Ollier said he took R40 out of his pocket. The children then grabbed the money and ran off. The two had landed in South Africa earlier on Thursday morning.

This is the couples’ first visit to the country. Their intention was to stay for nine weeks, but they have since decided to cut short their visit to Cape Town to just one week.



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