Cape Town - Hout Bay crime-fighters have hired top criminal defence attorney William Booth to address shortcomings in the justice system that releases repeat offenders to terrorise the valley again and again. The most recent justice system failure resulted in the murder of Ukrainian tourist Ivan Ivanov last Saturday.
Ivanov, 44, was fatally stabbed in the chest after a brief struggle for his backpack just 10m from exiting the hiking trail at East Fort on Chapman’s Peak Drive.
This comes as Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane tried to allay fears that South Africa was a dangerous destination for tourists.
She said safety remained a top priority for the government and “the department is currently finalising a safety strategy that will be launched in coming weeks”.
As a memorial service will be held on Sunday for Ivanov, irate activists say the murder would not have happened had the justice system done its job.