Scottsville thugs stab student

2011-05-18 00:00

FOUR men armed with knives stabbed a University of KwaZulu-Natal student and held up another woman near the Sidewalk Shopping Centre in Scottsville yesterday.

Said Puleng Maphela, an advertising consultant at The Witness, “I was going to Kara Nichas to buy myself a vegetarian lunch, so I parked my car and locked it.

“But as I was walking in I was approached by four men wearing black jackets and wielding a knife who demanded that I give them my car keys,” she added.

When Maphela screamed for help the men grabbed her car keys, but quickly threw them to the ground when some car guards rushed to her rescue.

Maphela said that when the men failed in their attempt to take her car, they approached a student who was carrying a cellphone.

“She was busy on her phone and these guys jumped her and demanded her phone.

“There was an altercation and they stabbed her in the back and ran away,” Maphela said.

She said she drove the injured student to the campus clinic where her stab wound was treated.

Maphela said that last year thieves tried to steal her car after breaking into it.

The area is not safe for students and shoppers, Maphela said, “and we need to see more police visibility in order for us to feel safe”.

The car guards say they try their best to protect shoppers at the centre and they try to defend people when thugs try to rob them.

Such incidents happen regularly at the centre, they say, because thugs see students as easy targets.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said, “We do get reports of incidents of this nature in that area and there is police visibility because they do patrol it.”

She commended the car guards, saying they are always willing to assist the victims and police.

“We ask the community to be vigilant at all times when doing their shopping in the area,” added Jeevan.


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