East London dentist stabbed 36 times while jogging

2015-01-20 09:18

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East London - A prominent East London dentist has described how he was stabbed 36 times during a 20-minute fight with a mugger while jogging along Nahoon Reef drive.

The Daily Dispatch reported that Francois Coetzee, 69, spent two days in hospital following the attack last Thursday.

Coetzee, who treated struggle icon Steve Biko in the 1970s, said he separated from other joggers to take a leak when a man came out of the bushes and charged at him.

He fought back until he slipped while trying to kick the assailant, after which the man jumped on top of him and started stabbing him. The assailant then ran off with his bag which contained his car keys and a T-shirt.

Coetzee had his cellphone in his pocket, and managed to call for help.

Nahoon Point Nature Reserve is a popular destination for joggers, walkers and beach-goers.

Eastern Cape police told the newspaper that no arrests have been made, and advised members of the public to jog in groups.

In 2013, well-known advocate Dali Mpofu was stabbed several times and robbed while walking along Eastern Beach in East London.

Two men, aged 18 and 23, were found guilty of assaulting him. One of the men had already been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for robbing a tourist and a police reservist along the beachfront in 2012.

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