Woman attacked by hitchhikers

2012-01-20 14:34
Johannesburg - A Good Samaritan who was stopped at a filling station by a woman holding a 6-month-old baby asking for food and a lift, was viciously attacked by the woman's partner.

According to The Star, Marietjie van Staden was robbed and left for dead in the brutal attack on Tuesday night.

She had stopped at a petrol station near the R500 in Carletonville when the woman approached her, and she agreed to give her and her baby a lift.

A man then climbed into the car, saying he was the woman's husband and he would help with directions. Although worried, Van Staden agreed to help them and drove them to a smallholding.

She gave the woman R50, after which the man started attacking her with a steering wheel lock, rendering her unconscious. He also stole items from the car.

Used cellphone to alert family

The woman then used Van Staden's phone to alert her family that she had been in an accident on the R500. Van Staden's partner and a friend spent about three hours searching for her on that road, before receiving another message from the woman giving better directions.

They believe the woman started to feel guilty, and admitted what had happened, saying her husband was crazy.

"This woman was at least humane in one way. She wanted to help," Van Staden's partner told The Star.

Van Staden was then found unconscious in her car, but they managed to rouse her before taking her to hospital, where she was treated for concussion and contusions to her face.

"As a woman, of course you care about children. How could she ignore this person who was starving and carrying her kid?" Van Staden's partner said.

Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.

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