Pelham woman stabbed 17 times in critical condition

2015-04-29 00:00

A WOMAN who was stabbed 17 times yesterday morning is in a critical condition at Edendale Hospital.

The woman, believed to be in her late 20s, was in her home in Pelham when a man, who was known to her, approached the house and demanded to be let in.

“It is alleged that the suspect entered the house and demanded to do the garden. While the victim tried to contact the owner of the house, the suspect stabbed her,” said police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics arrived on the scene and immediately began treating her.

“She was extremely fortunate to be alive. Our paramedics counted 17 stab wounds all over the woman’s body.”

Botha said she was rushed to Edendale Hospital in a critical condition and has since been stabilised.

Zwane said a case of attempted murder has been opened at the Alexandra Road SAPS and is being investigated.

“No arrests have been made. Investigations are continuing,” he said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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