Mugged twice in same spot

2008-07-20 00:00

THE parking bays in front of Natalia and the KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s office buildings in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg, are hot spots for criminals who are targeting unsuspecting motorists parked in the area.

City businessman Ben Schoeman was attacked twice this month. The latest attack occurred on Wednesday, while the first one was three weeks ago at the same spot after 4 pm. He is adamant that his attackers, on both occasions, were the same people.

“Three weeks ago I had parked in Archbell Street waiting for someone who works at the Premier’s building. Two men came and opened the doors of my car, and tried to pull me out.

“As I was resisting one of them produced a screwdriver and threatened me,” said Schoeman, who lives in Pelham.

During the scuffle a woman sitting inside a vehicle parked behind Schoeman screamed and the attackers ran away down Langalibalele Street.

“Again I parked on the same spot with my driver’s window opened on Wednesday. Suddenly two guys came from behind and one of them grabbed my keys. I grabbed hold of the keys while hitting him hard,” said Schoeman.

This time Schoeman’s attackers were scared off by people who came out the Premier’s building and rushed to help him. His attackers ran towards Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street.

“If it happened to me twice in one month, the area is dangerous. I just want to warn people, especially ladies, to be on a look-out when parking in that area,” said Schoeman.

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