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Numbi Gate has become a no-go zone for tourists – Photo: Richard Vetch / Flickr

Alleged German tourist’s killer to apply for bail

The 35-year-old suspect allegedly killed a German tourist earlier this month on Numbi Road near White River in Mpumalanga.

UK tourists travel warning South Africa

Numbi Gate has become a no-go zone for tourists – Photo: Richard Vetch / Flickr

The case of alleged German tourist killer, Napoleon Joseph Nyalunga has been postponed to 28 October 2022, for a formal bail hearing.

Nyalunga made his second appearance before the Kabokweni Magistrates’ Court in Mpumalanga on Wednesday 19 October. 


According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Nyalunga is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and attempted hijacking. 

This relates to the shooting incident, which happened on 3 October 2022, on Numbi Road, near White River, in which four German tourists were attacked by a group of unknown men, who were driving in their vehicle.

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The car that the German tourist who was fatally shot was driving. Image: SAPS

As previously reported, the suspects are said to have instructed the tourists to open the doors of their vehicle but when the driver reportedly locked all the doors, apparently one of the suspects shot him in the upper body through the window.

It is further said that the victims’ vehicle drove in reverse for about 100 meters before crushing into the wall of Heroes Academy. Unfortunately the driver died on the spot as a result of the shooting. The suspects reportedly sped off in their vehicle without taking anything from the tourists. The police investigations led to the arrest of the 35-year-old, who made his first court appearance on Friday 14 October.

NPA Regional spokesperson, Monica Nyuswa said due to the seriousness of the charges against the accused, the NPA is opposing bail, while the police investigation continues.

Following the botched hijacking, the Government of Australia updated its ‘Smart Traveller’ site providing an implicit warning to all Australians who are planning to travel to South Africa. They were warned about ‘increasing crime rates’ in the Numbi Gate region, which serves as a main route in Kruger National Park.

Providing more context, the safety alert also asked visitors to ‘maintain situational awareness’ and ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ while in SA.  

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