I kicked him between his legs - woman who fought off armed robbers

2016-05-05 14:33
Slabbert shows the spot on her face where she had been hurt when her and her mother were robbed. (Photos supplied)

Slabbert shows the spot on her face where she had been hurt when her and her mother were robbed. (Photos supplied)

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Pretoria - A Pretoria woman fought back against a knife-wielding assailant who robbed her and her mother in the Groenkloof Nature Reserve last week.

Taschia Slabbert, a primary school teacher, said the men shoved their hands into her bra and panties, looking for valuables.

"That is the last time that place will see me. I am never going back there again in my life," Slabbert said in an interview with News24 on Thursday.

A keen photographer, Slabbert had been walking through the reserve, taking pictures of the wildlife.

"We started walking on the trail and I stopped to take pictures of zebras and I had to change lenses. I had put the lens in my bra so it was close at hand when I needed to change," she said.

The first indication of danger was a rustle in the grass, but she assumed it was an animal. 

"We then heard footsteps behind us and my mother said to me that someone was following us. As we turned around we saw two men running towards us and we thought they were runners.

"They pulled out knives and threw us to the ground. They had their hands in our bras and in our panties looking for valuables and our phones,” she said.  

"My mom just kept telling them she didn’t have her phone because she left it at home and they just stabbed her."

Slabbert said she was so filled with rage that she fought back.

"He drew back with the knife to stab me in the neck and I kicked him between his legs. I got to my feet and I looked him in the eyes and said I was going to kill him. He had ripped my camera from my neck and they even took our shoes.

"We ran barefoot back to the camp, yelling for help and we ran into two cyclists who helped us call for help," she said.

Slabbert said two men had since been arrested, but that her attacker remained at large. 

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