Eyewitness news reports the bus, carrying the group to their hotel on Sunday night, was stopped by a man wearing police uniform along with five plainclothes accomplices travelling in a South African Police Services car.\r\nThe men then tied up the driver and tourist conductor and ransacked the group's luggage and assaulted some of them.\r\nThe tourism association\u2019s David Frost said: \u201cThe issue of crime and a security thing is an ongoing issue in our country. But clearly, when tourists are targeted it has a major economic impact because it has the potential of those who were thinking of coming here, not coming anymore.\u201d\r\nMeanwhile Tourism Update reports the group was made up of 36 tourists of which all were over 70 years old. \r\nThe Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula condemned the robbery and viewed it as an \u201cattack on the tourism industry and the economy\u201d.\r\n\u201cTourism is part of our economic drivers and provider of jobs for the youth. We must work hard to protect this industry. Part of this is ensuring that our tourists not only feel safe but are safe in our country,\u201d said Mbalula.\r\nThe robbery was reported in the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf quoting passengers describing the attack as \u201chell\u201d. One passengers reportedly told the newspaper, \u201cWe are safe now. But we are in shock and want to go back (to the Netherlands). We just landed for a 22-day trip, but the fun has gone.\u201d\r\nOn Sunday evening, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa) was alerted by the tour operator, Fairfield Tours, and carried out the necessary steps of contacting insurance brokers for the tourism industry, SATIB to dispatch emergency assistance and also SAT to put a reaction team in place.\r\nJuliane Loubser from Fairfield Tours, said that within 10 minutes of calling, Satsa CEO, David Frost, was able to co-ordinate a range of support networks, resulting in the process running very smoothly.\r\n\u201cThe only positive thing about the situation was to see how well the core industry stakeholders work together in times of crisis,\u201d said Loubser.\r\nSouth African Tourism declined to comment, referring all communication to the police.