Man arrested following Kleinplaas Dam attack

The Kleinplaas Dam trail has been labelled a “hotspot” by Table Mountain Watch (TMW) as there had been nine attacks in the area since August 2020.

Police have arrested a man, 22, after at least 12 panga-wielding men attacked a group of hikers near Kleinplaas Dam earlier this month.

A cellphone and a backpack were stolen in the incident, according to provincial police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk.

The suspect was found with a dangerous weapon and drugs, in the Kleinplaas Dam area, during a joint operation by Simon’s Town police and Sea, Air and Mountain (SEAM) SANParks rangers on Sunday April 24, according to a statement from Table Mountain National Park.

“A preliminary profile suggests that the suspect has a long pedigree of past offences including assault, kidnapping, theft, and other gang-related crimes,” the statement said.

Table Mountain Watch (TMW) chairman Andre van Schalkwyk said the area was a “hot spot” as there had been nine attacks – several resulting in physical injuries – in the area since August 2020.

Simon’s Town police station commander Captain Vishnu Pillay confirmed the arrest and said further investigations were under way.

Anyone with information call the Simon’s Town police station at 021 786 8640.