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British actress almost killed in racially motivated attack in South Africa.

A British actress Victoria Smurfit and her sister in law were nearly killed while vacationing in South Africa. A black thug opened fire at the two women as they sat in the back of a cab. Black urban thugs are targeting white tourists for violence, rape, and murder in South Africa. A phenomenon that is rapidly growing and has put the 2010 World Cup in jeopardy.

South African police told Smurfit that she had been the victim of something the local thugs call “kill a tourist day.”

From BBC…

Victoria, who plays icy Roisin Connor in the ITV show, said memories of the attack have often left her tearful since returning home. Her mother, who was also in the taxi, had to be hospitalised for minor heart problems.

The shooting happened in Strand Street, one of Cape Town’s main roads, which will be thick with football fans when the World Cup begins in June.

South African police say they are determined to ensure visitors’ safety – yet Victoria claims officers were not interested in investigating her incident.

She says the family were visited by detectives only because a relative happened to meet someone with police connections in a restaurant.

The actress, whose family owns a £500million packaging empire in Ireland, had been in Cape Town to celebrate New Year with her advertising executive husband Doug Baxter, mother Caroline, brother Dermot and his wife Charlie.

The attack happened after the group had left a restaurant in Constantia, one of the city’s most exclusive suburbs, and were on their way to see in 2010 at a party also attended by British broadcaster Johnny Vaughan.

Charlie had been looking out the window at a nail salon they were passing and sat back just as the car slowed to pull off Strand Street. As the vehicle turned, Victoria heard a sharp crack as the bullet hit the window.