n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Exploring the impact of crime on tourism in St. Lucia

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



South Africa is rich in tourist attractions. These include, inter alia, accessible wildlife sanctuaries, unspoiled landscapes (beaches), wilderness areas and indigenous forests, diverse cultures, a generally sunny and mild to hot climate and a well-developed infrastructure. These features attract not only local but also foreign tourists. However, a trend has emerged where some countries, including a developing country like South Africa with its democracy still in its infant stage, are listed and categorised overseas as a place where tourists are vulnerable to crime and criminal victimisation (Ntuli 1998:1) - despite the recent declaration of three of South Africa's tourist spots: Robben Island, the Sterkfontein Caves and the St. Lucia wetlands as world heritage sites.

To safeguard tourism as an income-generating source for South Africa, a countrywide priority committee on the safety of tourists has been established. The Provincial Priority Committee (PPC) of KwaZulu-Natal is specifically charged with the safety and security of local as well as foreign tourists. Education programmes for local communities located in tourist attraction areas, the involvement of farming communities to ensure the safety and security of Bed and Breakfast locations, most of which are situated on farms, the creation of a tourism web-page to provide vital information about tourist attractions in South Africa and the compilation of an official manual for police officers containing information on tourism and the safety of tourists, are only some of the constructive efforts that have been introduced in an orchestrated effort to involve as many as possible stakeholders in a partnership with the police to prevent crime being committed against tourists (Annual Report 1999:30).

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