CT student fights off highway robbers

2012-09-11 09:01

Cape Town - A Cape Town student and top mountain biker says he is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed and attacked by three armed men on the N1 outside Paarl.

Adriaan Smit, 23, was on his way home after a braai with friends in Brackenfell on Friday night when he had a flat tyre and stopped to change it, reported the Cape Argus.

Three men armed with knives attacked him. One put a knife to his neck and told him to get in the car.

“I knew that if I got into the car my life was over,” he said.

The civil engineering student decided to fight back and a struggle ensued during which he was stabbed in the throat.
During the struggle, he managed to get one of the knives.

“I went onto the N1 and stood there bleeding in the middle of the road, but [people] wouldn’t stop because I was bleeding and standing there with a knife…”

Three off-duty police officers finally stopped and gave chase to the men who had stolen various items, including his expensive bike from the car.

“I’m lucky to be alive. The fact that I reacted so quickly saved me. But in future, if I had to stop, I would jump out and run to the safest place. They were after the stuff in my car - not me,” he said.

The officers managed to retrieve the bicycle but it was unclear if the assailants were caught.

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  • monti.montanari - 2012-09-11 09:15

    Where do these people come from

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-11 10:32

      They came from an ANCYL function...

  • spartanx93 - 2012-09-11 09:19

    no where is safe from these creatures anymore!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-11 09:32

    Guess I'm going to have to go mountain biking with my 9mm from now on.

  • justin.k.atkins - 2012-09-11 09:33

    Once again SAPS to the rescue. Well done (off duty) boys in blue!

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-11 09:34

    And the crime's time the death sentence was reinstated and harsher punishment for criminals. Hang the filth who rape, murder, molest kids ...the list goes on.

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-11 09:36

    Law abiding citizens have no rights in this country. Only criminals can have firearms!!!!! We cannot protect ourselves from the filth. EPIC FAIL!!!!!!

  • walter.lebza - 2012-09-11 09:36

    The police managed to retrieve the bike, without arresting the assailants. How? Or did the assailants give them a bribe?

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-09-11 09:44

    I'm seriously thinking of carrying my late grandfather's nice hide sjambok full time. It may be useless against a gun but a knife wielder would need a remarkably high tolerance for pain to go against one. And I'm pretty confident of my chances against two or three while swinging that thing.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 10:06

      2 maybe 3 no way. Remember they grow up with knives, they know how to use them. Familiarize yourself with knife and blade “fighting” . You’ll be surprised at what you learn and if I do say so myself it is fun. I prefer a katana and wakizashi I think it is a good match for a knife and knobkerrie with a shield.

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-09-11 11:28

      I grew up around the Okapi (folding knife that is very popular among these guys) and I've seen first hand how these guys use it and it's definitely no match for the range, lightning speed or skin peeling power of a sjambok. Maybe 3 might be too much to outright defeat but a sjambok should definitely help you break out from an encirclement and run. And I'm pretty sure the others will hesitate somewhat once the first one has had a taste, which contributes more opportunity to escape.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-11 09:45

    crime sure pays in SA.

  • pat.randall.3511 - 2012-09-11 09:47

    Material items can be replaced a life can not be bought back.I am speechless as to what is happening in SA.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-11 09:58

    Well done for fighting back son...Where I come from they shoot the bastards between the eyes, twice just to make sure. SA Citizens...Arm yourselves, get propper training and fight the hell back.

  • ziggamann.shepard - 2012-09-11 10:26

    run flat tyres if you want to live

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-11 10:27

    Just one small reason why I am always armed TIA

  • nax.masarwa - 2012-09-11 10:32

    As a Black Person, I fail to understand my own race. Bieng a 22 year old, I have learnt that in order for me to get where I want to be I have to work hard and not wait for someone to do things for me. These people who rob other people are so lazy and heartless.

      nax.masarwa - 2012-09-11 12:05

      Dude its pretty obvious. I live in pretoria and I know for a fact that people in the townships go to the surbs to rob other people black or white they don't care! they steal cars in sunnyside and surrounding areas, sell them for less than R10000 in soshanguve or mamelodi. So yeah I am pretty sure they are black

      kagiso.ramasodi.5 - 2012-09-11 22:47

      Paarl is an area Dominated by Coloured people, so it might be colourds who attacked the guy, it could still be blacks, I say blacks or colourds 4sure, just don't assume that ya is Blacks unless you included colourds in your blacks!!! And yes bottom line is that these thieves will steal from any race, dnt matter if you're black or white you can be a victim!!

  • mmotsamai - 2012-09-11 10:36

    good job, i just hope they were caught, speedy recovery. gaephetwe, you make me embarresd to say im black, i bought my first car at 22, this year im 23 and getting ready to change my car, it was not my parents who got me the car i started an events company with only R170 for flyers, these white people your so quick to criticise sponsord me. Get your own you lazy good for nothing that feels entilted to nothing thats yours.

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-09-11 10:51

      Great to hear of your success mmotsamai. It is pointless trying to get people like GaePhetwane to understand how you achieved what you have.

  • martin.botha.735 - 2012-09-11 10:41

    I was told that I may not carry my leatherman in a pouch on my belt, being a dangerous weapon, but these &^$%^%$^&*&^&ers run around with bgg nives, pangas etc, in their pockets. If you defend yourself and injure one of them then you go up for assault to do bodily harm. WHO HAS RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY ???

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-11 10:57

      Who told you that ? The law even clearly states that if a citizen are in posession of a licenced fire-arm, it has to be carried by the licenced owner on his person, provided that it is concealed from public eyes. If not carried it must then be locked in a SABS approved safe - Wich is in other words just useless and get stolen in any case.

  • gmkontwana - 2012-09-11 12:36

    crime in our country its getting serious. most victims often appear be men and women.

  • enid.matthews - 2012-09-11 12:55

    Now they get caught and get a tiny slap on the wrists and then bail and then they are off to stab or murder another innocent person!

  • monwabisi.mabona - 2012-09-11 16:27

    i wondr what would hv happnd if they were caught ?i thnk tough laws are needd in ths day and age nowadays crime is a full time job while going to jail serves hs a holiday to south african criminals 3 meals per day for free.

  • monwabisi.mabona - 2012-09-11 16:28

    i wondr what would hv happnd if they were caught ?i thnk tough laws are needd in ths day and age nowadays crime is a full time job while going to jail serves hs a holiday to south african criminals 3 meals per day for free.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-06 16:25

    Could only have been 3 White Boys that would try to pull a ploy like that other races would NEVER do that Only whites are Racist and Criminals in this Country everyone else is Previously disadvantaged and even if they did they where forced to by White oppression and supremacy!!!

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