Probe into Dutch man's eye injury on train

2012-03-28 12:01

Cape Town - Metrorail was investigating the case of a Dutch national hit in the eye by a stone while travelling between Woodstock and Salt River in Cape Town.

"My management team and I are distressed to learn of this incident, particularly in the light of the acknowledged reduction in criminality on trains and stations," regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said on Wednesday.

"We regret sincerely that [Jorrit] de Vries has had to be subjected to such a senseless and opportunistic attack."

De Vries was on a train around 18:00 last Wednesday when a stone from another train was thrown into the carriage and hit his face.

He stopped at Maitland police station where a security guard asked him to disembark. Security guards apparently said they would take him to hospital, but failed to do so.

Swartz said the facts were being investigated and he was awaiting feedback from the railway police.

"Although stoning incidents are random and unanticipated, I am most concerned about the manner in which Mr de Vries was allegedly assisted.

"This kind of behaviour can never be sanctioned by Metrorail management and action will be taken against such individuals."

He was eventually picked up by an ambulance, but turned away at a private hospital.

According to the Cape Times newspaper, he received initial treatment at Tygerberg Hospital where he was told that he might lose his eye.

According to Metrorail, railway crime has dropped by 37% over the last five years.

  • Thabang - 2012-03-28 12:09

    sad news.

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-28 12:57

      Because he is a foreigner he will get the attention but our own people don’t get enough attention.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-28 13:12

      @ Steen - what attention? Read the story again.

  • calliedj - 2012-03-28 12:11

    Hey News24, who are you calling a dutchman?! :)

  • Matthew - 2012-03-28 12:17

    Please diferentiate between Dutch Nationals and Dutchmen - two different things in SA lol

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 12:46

      the difference is that a dutchmen is anyone with acnestory from Netherlands, holland or belgium...dutch national is someone who is a citizen of those countries...i hope its enough...or shall we say where your ancestral "fazhers" comes from like in Austin power

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-28 13:13

      Call him a Netherlander?

      Matthew - 2012-03-28 13:48

      @The-Azanian Dont you mean Aushtin Powersh?

      RapidRiver - 2012-03-28 13:50

      Better still.......whose ancestors were Neanderthals !

  • Saadiq - 2012-03-28 12:19

    Seriously?! he is worried how Metrorail staff handled the situation..he needs to get out of his office more and experience first hand how pathetic the service is at metrorail stations in general

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-03-28 12:28

    Probing the injury (as the headline suggests), could further aggravate the wound.

      Matthew - 2012-03-28 13:47

      I am keeping an eye on this story.

      Byron - 2012-03-29 09:42

      help should've been a stone's throw away ...

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-28 12:35

    everyone who has the time to make up jokes shame on you, but don't worry you've got the test of your lives 2 lose a limb, eye or get hurt in such a serious way. karma can be a bitch!

      Matthew - 2012-03-28 13:44

      There is no such thing as karma. But it beats believing in the 2000 year old zombie, talking snakes and burning bushes though.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-28 12:43

    is it necessary to point out that he is Dutch? Does his nationality somehow add more meat to the story?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-28 13:13

      Most probably yes because he is a quest in our country and we like to keep tourist happy. They contribute a lot to our country's income.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-28 14:22

      The aim is to highlight the negative impact crime/criminal activity has on our tourism industry...

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-08 08:17

      And maybe he was on his way to Table Mountain...How many tourists are we going to attract with these incidents commonplace? Helen and her DA must not become complacent, they (the DA) run the Cape, and should show the rest of the country what they're capable of.

  • Natashia - 2012-03-28 12:49

    Yes seriously, Dutchmen and Dutch Nationals TWO Different things! And secondly, well done once again to our "Fantastic" security and medical operators in SA for always being there to help. And whats this - according to Metrorail railway crime has dropped, if it goes on like this, our Tourism income will start dropping. Incompetent as always!

  • Saleé - 2012-03-28 12:50

    Loving the comments! Well done Zuid-Afrika! Hope he heals speedily!

  • Sale%c3%a9 - 2012-03-28 12:56

    Oh no! This person actually lost his eye? Nee man!

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-28 13:11

    I am sure Mr. de Vries will be very happy to know that railway crime has dropped by 37% over the last 5 years no less!

  • morena.pounder - 2012-03-28 13:15

    Who calls a Boer from Makapanstad a "Dutchman"? I think a lot of cooment here have added more salt to the injury...

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