A French tourist was mugged, robbed and stabbed in the neck on Tuesday morning in the historic Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
The attack happened in Chiappini Street, a colourful row of houses, that attracts hundreds of tourists on a daily basis.
Bo-Kaap resident, Tristan Chesselet told the African News Agency (ANA) that he heard a woman screaming help and went to investigate.
Neighbours had already rushed to her assistance where she was lying on the pavement, bleeding from the violent attack.
“She was crying, I’m not sure how severe the wound was. Some of our neighbours were already outside. The ambulance and police took 45 minutes to arrive on the scene,” Chesselet said.
Lucy Martin, Chesselet’s girlfriend, said muggings are commonplace. “We have a mugging once a week, several a month. It’s mainly tourists being mugged, mostly during the day, during the week.”
The incident was captured on CCTV footage from the camera of a resident’s house.