'Beware of criminals blocking roads with stones'

2015-07-16 09:36

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Pietermaritzburg - The father of a young man who was attacked on College Road on Tuesday morning has warned Pietermaritzburg residents to be cautious of criminals blocking roads with stones.

This comes after the man’s 21-year-old son and his 18-year-old friend were attacked during the early hours of Tuesday morning on the Camps Drift bridge when they stopped to check if their car’s tyres were punctured after they ran over large stones on the road.

The man, who asked only to be identified as “Andy”, said his son was returning home from McDonald’s with a friend at about 02:00 on Tuesday morning when they heard a loud bang.

The pair had driven over large stones placed on the bridge and stopped to see if there was any damage to the vehicle.

When they stepped out the car, five knife-wielding men attacked them, one trying to stab Andy’s son in the head.

Managing to avoid the blow to his head, the young man threw the keys to the ground and told the men to take what they wanted and leave them alone.

“One man kept telling the others to stab him,” Andy said as he recalled what his son told him. The men then ransacked the vehicle and stole cellphones, wallets and clothing before “casually” walking off into Alexandra Park.

“It happened very quickly, in no more than eight minutes. The two boys are still in a bit of shock but are all right,” Andy said and warned motorists to be vigilant of any obstructions on the roads and not to get out of their cars.

Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese could not be reached for comment.

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