"Protea Hotel Midrand - Armed Raid 11/12/06" Johannesburg Warnings Or Dangers Tip by AlanSB
Johannesburg Warnings and Dangers: 69 reviews and 34 photos
I was staying at the Protea Hotel in Midrand near Johannesburg on 11th December 2006. At approx. 9am three armed men came into the Hotels reception and forced everyone to lay on the floor. They then proceeded to rob everyone of their money, credit cards, jewelry, watches and mobile phones. They then forced hotel staff to open the safe. The entire raid lasted no more than 3-4 minutes, but it was a very terrifying experience. Several British Airways crew members (who use this Hotel) were victims of this armed raid.
Although the Hotel has great perimeter security (including an electric fence) this is useless when the Hotel guard at the gate has a gun to his head and is forced to let the raiders in.
To my knowledge nobody was physically hurt in this raid. I learned afterwards that this is not the first time that this has happened at the same hotel, so be warned.
My tip is: Stay in a Hotel in nearby Stanton which has a much higher level of security (armed police) and is far less remote.