Cape Town teacher attacked with a brick while cycling

2016-01-19 13:51
The spot where school teacher Pieter Swart was attacked while cycling. He fell when the stick was shoved into his spokes. A man slammed a brick in his face.
(Supplied by his brother JC Swart)

The spot where school teacher Pieter Swart was attacked while cycling. He fell when the stick was shoved into his spokes. A man slammed a brick in his face. (Supplied by his brother JC Swart)

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Cape Town – A brick-wielding man attacked a Durbanville schoolteacher on his bicycle at the weekend and ran off with his cellphone. The attack has left his family in shock.

Pieter Swart, 57, was cycling home near Fisantekraal on Sunday morning when a man stuck a stick through his wheel spokes, his brother JC Swart said on Tuesday.

A device on his bike showed he had been travelling about 40km/h at the time.

He fell to the ground and the man hit him in the face with a brick, before running off with his cellphone. The bicycle was left behind.


His son Wihan said in a statement that Pieter broke seven ribs, his collarbone and his shoulder as a result of the fall. The blow to his face broke both cheekbones, his nose and eye sockets.

"The brutality of the incident got to me," JC Swart said with a sigh. "I was a little bit sad that people don’t have respect for the life of others."

"It is also a big shock for our 85-year-old mother. She can’t understand the brutality."

JC Swart is the principal of Laerskool Durbanville, where his brother teaches technology.

He visited him in ICU and said he was not yet stable. At times he recognised faces, but also had moments of confusion.

According to a family statement, doctors were confident that the bleeding and swelling in his brain and right lung would not leave permanent damage.

"He’s not going to be here for at least this term and he plays a big part in my school," said JC Swart, explaining that his brother helped with fundraising, sponsorships and general maintenance.

Case of robbery

Western Cape police confirmed that a case of robbery had been opened at Durbanville police station on Sunday.

But JC Swart said he was disillusioned by the police reaction and claimed officers initially wanted his brother to open a case.

He felt the police should be investigating a case of attempted murder.

He visited the crime scene on Sunday evening and found the stick and brick still lying there. He put both items in his car.

"It is a shame because you can’t generalise and there are a lot of good relations between all nationalities and cultural groups. We have to pray for our country."

Provincial police spokesperson FC van Wyk said no one had been arrested and the investigation continued.

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