Robbers attack Roodepoort cyclists

2012-02-10 12:13
Johannesburg - A Roodepoort cyclist and her training partner were attacked and robbed of their bicycles, it was reported on Friday.

The bicycle-jacking took place on Ontdekkers Road, about 200 metres from the Hendrik Potgieter Crossing on Thursday, Beeld newspaper reported.

Christa Botha, 48, and Barend Burger, 36, said they followed their regular route along the N1, cycling towards Johannesburg. They turned back early to avoid bad weather.

"Barend was in front of me. A man walked in front of him. I didn't suspect anything, and tried to overtake them, but another man appeared and pushed me right off my bicycle," Botha said.

The two criminals pointed firearms at Botha and Burger. They stole both bicycles, together worth around R90 000, Burger's cellphone and Botha's GPS.

George Corbett, chairperson of Central Gauteng Cycling, said several such crimes had been reported in the same area during the past 18 months, and that the only way to avoid bicycle-jacking was to cycle in large groups.

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