Cape Town – The murder of Ukrainian hiker Ivan Ivanov, 43, on a popular hiking trail at the weekend has shocked Capetonians and garnered international attention.
A 25-year-old suspect, who allegedly confessed to the robbery and stabbing and informed the police where they could find the body, was due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court today over the murder of 44-year-old Ukrainian Ivan Ivanov.
* Ivanov was stabbed to death about 10 metres from the trail exit at East Fort on Chapman’s Peak Drive, near a car park, around 11.30am on Saturday. The incident is not the first robbery at East Fort but there hasn't been one for a "long time", the Hout Bay Community Policing Forum said. He had been warned by his guest-house hosts not to walk solo on the trail.
* He was attacked by three men and bled to death on the trail after being stabbed a number of times in the chest. Andre van Schalkwyk, the Table Mountain Safety Action Group chairperson, called it a "massacre". Ivanov's backpack, cellphone and other possessions were bagged as evidence.
* Ivanov leaves behind three children – Gleb, 20, a 12-year-old daughter, Taisia, and a 3-year-old son, Makar.