Eight people have been killed by sharks at this Wild Coast holiday destination in the past five years. The beach reportedly has no lifeguards to man designated areas because Port St Johns municipality did not renew their contracts.
The money has gone instead to fund expensive lifestyles and German cars.
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism CEO Luxolo Rubushe said that Port St Johns had the highest number of shark-related deaths in the world.
The 72-year-old victim was cooling off in shallow water just a few metres from the crowded beach when he was dragged into the sea.
Beachgoers, including his wife, watched in horror.
Siphesihle Mangcotywa, 26, said the man had been swimming with three others.
“Suddenly people started screaming and running towards the shore and the next thing there was just blood in the water next to the man. He did not even scream but tried to swim towards the shore. His three companions were about a metre away and watched helplessly. They also ran to the shore,” he said.
The man’s body washed up about an hour and half later.