WES-KAAP. – Tom Evans, ‘n Britse atleet wat aan die RMB Ultra Trail Cape Town in Kaapstad sou deelneem, is tydens ‘n oefensessie op Tafelberg beroof. Hy het homself aan die kompetisie onttrek en is op pad terug na die Verenigde Koninkryk.
Evans het in ‘n Instagram-video vertel hy is met ‘n mes teen sy keel aangehou en beroof. Hy is aangerand en in die video sê hy sy lyf is seer. Alles wat hy by hom gehad het, is gesteel. Hy het gesê hy is fisies oukei, maar beklemtoon almal moet hul veiligheid eerste stel.
SanPARKE Tafelberg Nasionale Park het ‘n verklaring gesê die voorval het aan die noordekant van die park onder die Woodstock-grot plaasgevind.
“Further investigations into the matter are underway, and we are committed to providing our full support throughout this process. We are working with the other authorities to investigate the incident and prosecute the criminal involved. Our priority is ensuring the well-being and safety of all users in the park,” sê Megan Taplin, TMNP Park Bestuurder.
RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town sê: “”We are extremely saddened and concerned by what happened to Tom Evans and have reached out to him to offer our support and access to counselling. We were excited to have him race at this year’s RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town but respect his decision to return to the UK.”
Elke gebeurtenis wat in die park plaasvind, word met die betrokke veiligheidsowerhede beplan.
Hierdie voorval het gebeur nadat daar reeds bekommernis oor die ares Leeukop en Vlaeberg (Signal HIil) bestaan.
Drie vrywiligers van Wilderness Search and Rescue is ook verlede Sondagaand na ‘n reddingstog beroof. Die vrywilligers het ‘n buitelandse stapper wat ‘n enkelbesering op Leeukop opgedoen het, gehelp.
David Nel, woordvoerder vir WSAR, sê die vrywilligers is kort na die redding beroof.
“We are saddened and outraged by this cowardly act. We stand in solidarity with our rescue teams, who offer such commitment and service to the public in need.”
RMB Ultra Trail Cape Town het ook ‘n amptelike verklaring uitgereik:
Official statement from RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town. Stuart McConnachie Race Director: “We are extremely saddened and concerned by what happened to Tom Evans and have reached out to him to offer our support and access to counselling. We were excited to have him race at this year’s RMB Ultra-trail Cape Town but respect his decision to return to the UK.
“The natural beauty of Cape Town and Table Mountain is our greatest asset and perhaps this incident is the catalyst needed for everyone to pull together to find workable solutions to protect this asset that brings so many visitors to our shores.
“We are welcoming over 400 international runners to Cape Town this week and over 2000 runners will take to the trails next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To ensure everyone’s safety on our trails and address our concern for runners, we have increased our security deployments around the entire route. This includes community police, private security, Metro Police and horseback patrols in certain areas.
“We have the assurance of SANParks, the City of Cape Town, SAPS and Metro Police that strong measures are in place for safety on the trails. We continue to work with them to communicate concerns for runners and hikers, so we can all enjoy the incredible natural beauty we have on our doorstep.”
Bronne: SanPARKS Table Mountain National Park, WSAR en RMB Ultra Trail Cape Town