British pensioner is beaten with a gun and robbed shortly after he has left a flight to South Africa
British retiree is hit with a gun and robbed shortly after he leaves a flight to South Africa while robbers follow his taxi through the security gate of the luxury hotel and put a gun in his face
- British tourist ambushed by three men after flying to Johannesburg on Sunday
- Gang followed his taxi to the gates of a luxury hotel and robbed him at gunpoint
- He was hit with a gun and scammers stole £ 5,350 in cash and valuables
- Tourists are often directed at the airport and followed to a vulnerable location
A British pensioner was hit with a gun and robbed at gunpoint shortly after he left a flight to South Africa on Sunday evening.
The taxi of the 69-year-old man was lured into a trap around 19:30 by three armed men at the gates of his luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
The trio ran behind his taxi as it drove through the security gates of Falstaff Boutique Hotel and opened the doors and aimed their cannons inside.
One of the robbers opened the trunk and stole his luggage while another stole the wallet of the terrified victim and his laptop. They stole cash and valuables worth £ 5,350.
CCTV images of the main entrance of the Falstaff Boutique Hotel show the crooks around the 69-year-old taxi before they open the doors and threaten with weapons
A man immediately goes to the luggage room and starts unloading the luggage of the British tourist while the two others talk to the driver and the passenger respectively
One of the robbers, his left arm stretched out, makes demands on the passenger while holding a gun in his other hand
In all three brutal robbers, three pieces of tourist's luggage are taken in less than a minute and then walk through the open gates to their waiting flight car.
A South African police spokesperson said the stolen items were £ 5,350 and said they had a team of investigators assigned to the armed robbery.
International tourists arriving at the O.R Tambo International Airport have long been the target of violent professional gangs who follow unsuspecting victims to their hotels.
Security officials believe that gangs often have prior knowledge of their goals that await and strike them when they drive to their final destination.
The video of the robbery has become viral on Twitter, with many wondering why the taxi driver's doors were unlocked and why he locks at the gate after they are opened.
Many tweeted their surprise that the driver had not driven straight to the front door or had been warned by the flashing hazard lights of the thief's car behind them or had seen the robbers in his mirrors.
Zwelthu Ndlovu said: & # 39; Are the doors unlocked? He drives quite slowly after the gates open. It stops in front of the sensor that detects the weight of the car so that the ports cannot close & # 39 ;.
The men leave with their loot for £ 5,350 in cash and valuables
The men can see them leave with the tourist's luggage including a hanging bag full of his shirts
Others wonder why the hotel has no security guards guarding the gate to ensure that guests arrive safely.
Police captain Brenda Muridili refused to speculate on many similar comments on social media and said: “Our officers investigate and have many lines of investigation that they follow.
& # 39; The victim had arrived on a flight from the UK and was dropped off by a taxi when he was approached by armed men and robbed of valuables worth R100,000 & # 39 ;.
The airport is just 18 miles from the 4-star Falstaff Boutique Hotel in the chic part of Sandton, robbing the British tourist within 30 minutes of driving from the airport.
The hotel's brochure promises: & # 39; The hotel is intimate and elegant and in a quiet suburb where you can feel at home and relax and be yourself and have a great atmosphere in our English pub & # 39 ;.
While the taxi goes through the security gate, the car can be pulled behind him full of robbers, the flashing light flashing
The first man rushes to the driver's door and lets him stop the car before he is accompanied by his two accomplices
The raid took place on Sunday at 7.30 pm and was recorded on CCTV.
Wealthy tourists are regularly left leaving the target O.R. Tambo International Airport and robbed on arrival at their hotels or houses and even coaching tourists are held up at gunpoint.
Twitter was on fire by the furious South Africans who called for police action and that the gang was arrested and given severe prison sentences to reassure visitors when the tourist season starts.
In March last year, glamor model Katie Price and two her children, Junior, then 12, and Princess, then 10, were stopped together with their film crew after driving from Johannesburg.
The security gates at the four-star Falstaff Boutique Hotel in the Sandton district of Johannesburg
Armed carjackers plundered their 4×4 after stopping along the road to allow her two children to go to the toilet and steal telephones, laptops, camera equipment and Katie & # 39; s diamonds.
They were shocked but unharmed and lost tens of thousands of pounds between them when they started driving the team to Swaziland to film TV star Katie's flying show My Crazy Life.
South Africa suffers from extremely high crime rates with more than 21,000 murders and 41,000 rapes and 51,000 robberies a year – the equivalent of 58 murders and 72 rapes every day.