Couple mugged in Lower Tokai Park

A couple fell victim to crime in Lower Tokai Park.

Parkscape has warned the public to beware of hiking alone at lower Tokai Forest, after two young people were robbed at gunpoint there on Monday.

The incident happened at 2.40pm at Labrador Pool, which is a large waterhole flanked by two oak trees.

“The young couple is unharmed,” Parkscape said.

“We are appealing to them to please report the matter to SAPS or SANParks.”

Parkscape said the perpetrators had run off towards the American School, in Soetvlei Avenue. Parkscape has advised the public to avoid the area during off-peak hours, from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 6.30pm.

Kirstenhof police spokeswoman Sergeant Deidre Solomon said a case had been opened. No arrests had been made yet.

She said they would be increasing visibility in the park.

SANParks did not respond to questions by the time this edition went to print.

In an emergency, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone, alternatively contact SANParks emergency at 0861 106 417.

In another incident, a man was held up at gunpoint in his home in Blackwood Road, Diep River on Monday, at about 4am.

Diep River police spokesman Constable Zak Marais said the man had been listening to music when two men had entered, one with a gun.

They tied him up and demanded access to his safe before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash and other personal belongings.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Viwo Mqhwayi at 021 710 7308 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.