The unnamed couple were travelling in a taxi near a township in the Western Cape Province state when a gang forced the cab driver out of his vehicle and drove off with the tourists. An hour later, a 31-year-old-man was released but the body of the woman was found later on the back seat of the hijacked vehicle in the Lingelethu West area, southeast of the city centre.
Police will be conducting a post mortem to determine the cause of death shortly. South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, with around 46 murders every day, reports Sky News
. It was this worrying statistic that led to massive security measures during the June World Cup tournament this year.
The couple had only arrived in the country on Thursday before their terrifying ordeal took place at the weekend.
The Cape Province is a magnet for tourists enticed by its exceptional and topographical beauty. But authorities have warned tourists to be "prepared for potential danger". The murder of the tourist happened around thirty miles from Table Mountain
and the police statement warned that they would , "like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike, to exercise caution and be vigilant when entering an unfamiliar area and always be prepared for potential danger."