Robbers attack Roodepoort cyclists

2012-02-10 12:13

Johannesburg - A Roodepoort cyclist and her training partner were attacked and robbed of their bicycles, it was reported on Friday.

The bicycle-jacking took place on Ontdekkers Road, about 200 metres from the Hendrik Potgieter Crossing on Thursday, Beeld newspaper reported.

Christa Botha, 48, and Barend Burger, 36, said they followed their regular route along the N1, cycling towards Johannesburg. They turned back early to avoid bad weather.

"Barend was in front of me. A man walked in front of him. I didn't suspect anything, and tried to overtake them, but another man appeared and pushed me right off my bicycle," Botha said.

The two criminals pointed firearms at Botha and Burger. They stole both bicycles, together worth around R90 000, Burger's cellphone and Botha's GPS.

George Corbett, chairperson of Central Gauteng Cycling, said several such crimes had been reported in the same area during the past 18 months, and that the only way to avoid bicycle-jacking was to cycle in large groups.

  • Nico - 2012-02-10 12:28

    Bicycle-jacking? What's next, Tricycle-jacking? Desperate fools!

      Paul - 2012-02-10 13:46


      Sharon - 2012-02-10 17:07

      @ Paul - pram-jacking already happened this week, it was the nanny who did it!

      brieuse - 2012-02-11 07:20

      "bicycle-jacking" has been going on for years. Nothing new unfortunately. Perhaps when crime is worthy of a comment in the state of the nation address we might see some change.

  • Brett - 2012-02-10 12:34

    Who spends 45k apiece for bicycles? Who do you think you are? Lance Armstrong? Next time get one from Game.

      camp.j - 2012-02-10 12:56

      I'm guessing you don't, or probably can't, ride a bicycle dude!

      RobertKeeling - 2012-02-10 13:00

      So what's it to you how much they spend? If they can afford it, and enjoy their cycling, why shouldn't they spend that type of money. I suppose you'll suggest they could have donated it to the needy, or built some houses or something. You're not the brightest around, are you?

      kris.coetzee - 2012-02-10 13:26

      ummm... Lance Armstrong's bike is worth R100k plus.... mine is worth R30k but only paid half that price for it. It's not even close to top of the range.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-10 14:00

      @Brett, a one hit wonder.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-10 14:42

      whats the problem it more than your years wages

      gouws2 - 2012-02-10 15:07

      hahaha brett is jealous cause their bikes cost more than his car

      faerrab - 2012-02-10 15:34

      I cycle myself - but man your comment is funny - ROFL

      Gail - 2012-02-10 16:53

      Robert Keeling - and neither are you the brightest! You are probably the first to complain about the cost of ANC vehicles or palaces or whatever. Sports equipment is seriously expensive and only an exclusive few can afford this kind of stuff. I am not condoning theft sine they may well use those bikes in fundraisers et for the multitude of poor however I doubt the thieves would have known they were that expensive.

      Aubrey - 2012-02-10 18:27

      How much did you spent on your car?

      Ghayat - 2012-02-10 20:55

      @Brett those who don't spend thousands on drugs and booze

      Richard - 2012-02-11 09:01

      Brett I think you're missing the point champ.

      Allan - 2012-02-11 12:38

      It wont matter where you get your bike, these barbarians will still continue to promote crime and steal what ever the law abiding citizen has. The only way in the South African society to rid these "pests" is to eliminate them as there is no law that will actually stop the crime permanently.

  • Andries - 2012-02-10 12:43

    @Brett: Serious cyclists spend that much money. It's like all other sports one compete in competitively. You get the best equipment you can buy.

      Sharon - 2012-02-10 17:56

      And the thieves must be sick after reading this article. They probably sold the bikes for fifty rand each to the pawnshop.

  • thea.vansteenderen - 2012-02-10 12:44

    Malcolm have you ever been to Europe and especially Holland? The roads are not only made for motorists - cycling is healthy and a good sport. What gives you the right to say such an outragious thing? You must reallyl be a very miserable person.

      Gus - 2012-02-10 13:44

      Difference is this - In Holland they have dedicated cycle paths. In SA there are none. I'm not surprised that motorists get annoyed with cyclists - cause they do think they own the road. Driving side by side instead of single file, not stopping at traffic lights etc etc. A bit off topic but anyway...

      Gerhard - 2012-02-10 15:27

      Sorry PointBlank, no dedicated cycling lanes in Gauteng. I am all in support of cycling for a bit of exercise, as I do it myself. But when I am on the road, I stick as far left as is safe and do not ride two or three abreast. I am the exception though. 98% of the people I see cycling on the roads are pompous arrogant @rseholes with too much money to spend. They come out on their R50k bicycles and ride three four abreast and generally do not stick to the rules of the road. And don't dare confront them when they drive like knobs, you will be in for a tongue lashing of note! I can understand why motorists hate us cyclists. Most of us drive like idiots!

      Ghayat - 2012-02-10 21:00

      I agree Thea, miserable and ignorant..

      Joe - 2012-02-13 01:00

      Gerhard, the robbery crime is obviously despicable. But on a lighter note, maybe the more expensive the bike, the more cyclists are allowed to ride abreast (3, 4, 5 or more...)! More expensive = more ego = more right to use the road!

  • Grant - 2012-02-10 12:53

    Welcome to the bannana republic :( CRIME..CRIME..CRIME..ROSH

      jowza1 - 2012-02-10 14:41

      there was an investigation done by carte blache last year.most of these crimes are comitted by mozambicans and malawians

      jowza1 - 2012-02-10 16:25

      lol.all the thumbs down.dont blame me,talk to carte blanche

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-11 07:50

      We must stop this business of generalizing and blowing things way out of proportion. So just because two cyclist are robbed qualifies a country to be a banana republic? I am sure this type of crime happens even in European countries and US. Lets just condemn the crime and stop there without going on to make some dumb conclusions.

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-10 12:57

    You are one sick, oxygen thieving idiot, Malcolm.

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-10 13:08

    Shows you not even safe when you train cycling!!!! As long as they are safe, anyone with R45k for a bicycle must have it insured.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-10 13:08

    I think everyone is missing the point here , regardless of value of bicycle or less cyclists on the road , its about where crime is at , anything will be stolen regardless of value , and so brazen on such a busy road , criminals start off small and carry on to murder etc , these thugs are already on that road and getting away with it , today a bicycle , tomorrow in ur house maybe urs Malcolm will u still be cheering then ?

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-10 13:29

      @ Michael sensible viewpoint! .....the pervasiveness of a criminal mentality is what needs to be eradicated. What people do in their private lives should not be polluted by by social miscreants...

      Craig - 2012-02-10 15:10

      The two of them were attacked at gunpoint for a stupid bicycle, that's crazy, why is nothing been done about violent crime in this damn country?

  • Sean - 2012-02-10 13:20

    So noone is trying to deal with the cause, just the symptoms!? Typical of statement to be made "Beware of your own safety" we are too useless to take care of your safety. Pathetic of this government!

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-10 13:24

    "They stole both bicycles, together worth around R90 000" Were they gold bicycles?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-10 13:54

      "sug" Oneant.. was this now necessary? You could have stop with your explanation.

  • Christo - 2012-02-10 13:25

    only in SA!!!!!!!!!

  • Sean - 2012-02-10 13:50

    Suyrely if the police are aware of this area being a hotspot they could haved staked out the area to catch and arrest these thugs. It seems that the police's attitude is, complete this form please sir and claim from your insurance, case closed! How rediculous!!! The thugs ared doing this because of just that, tghey feel that it is ok to steal because we can just claim from our insurance anyway! We need to stand together and get these thugs as well as the police to change their perception on crime, this is serious and needs to be taken more serious very urgently irrespective of the value of any item stolen - these people had guns pointed at them which were probably stolen in another robbery in the first place - Malcolm, you better lock up your plastic pistol quick!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-10 14:03

      Er? And how long must the police sit and stake out the place?? Waste of resources dude, these thieves don't come back every day... *sigh*

      Gail - 2012-02-10 17:01

      Perhaps the insurance companies should be funding and selecting the police and training them as they are the biggest losers. Or are they? It is just this that is keeping them in business.

  • Marco - 2012-02-10 14:07

    Malcolm, I would like to meet you and hand your ass to you. Feel free to invite me around.

      Craig - 2012-02-10 15:12

      another internet hero??

      Richard - 2012-02-11 09:07

      Marco where is Malcolm's comment? Can't find it.

      corleroux - 2012-02-11 11:28

      Also looking for Malcoms comment...

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-02-10 14:25

    i was robbed on that road too 9am in the morning

  • Sebastian Phillip du Pont - 2012-02-10 14:34

    ..its easy to tell that Malcolm has never owned a bicycle of his own !

  • Kermit Canion Du Plessis - 2012-02-10 16:55

    the hell with cycling in big groups, cycle with gun as well! d nasie doen net soos hulle wil!

  • ilsdebeer - 2012-02-10 18:46

    Skiet die!!

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-10 18:56

    What? Two bicycles goes for 90k, well if you bought that one you can afford another one just be thankful that you still alive.

      corleroux - 2012-02-11 11:30

      Idiot... Now that you know how to post a comment, i think it's time to learn some reasoning skills...

      Joe - 2012-02-13 00:46

      You've got to be kidding! "Buy another one"? "be thankful you still alive"? You're missing the point, makatika, that a serious crime was committed. Kill the criminal f*#kers.

  • Errol - 2012-02-10 19:08

    Good old SICK SICK SICK South Africa!!!!!!!!!!!!!No "medicine" can fix this place.It's over;it's stuffed;it's Africa!!

  • rhamiid - 2012-02-10 20:26

    Sorry guys...thank god.... it could have been worse

  • Ghayat - 2012-02-10 20:57

    What a shame, and bet they training for the Argus Cycle Tour..a big favorite of mine...

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-02-10 21:53

    These rotten thugs will be caught soon.. Like the Rolex gang

  • Mpho - 2012-02-11 01:15

    Is there something good happening out there at some corner in South Africa? I could use some good news.

      Errol - 2012-02-11 10:15

      Yes!OR Tambo and heading out!!

  • Paul - 2012-02-11 02:14

    Julle moet TRAP !!!!

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-02-11 07:22

    How much and what you spend it on, is completely and only, your business. To use and enjoy your purchase in a safe envirnment should be a given. Sadly not in lawless R of SA

  • Annette - 2012-02-11 08:13

    Seja don't mention the mlungus on expensive bicycles look at the R500000.00 + cars that are been driven by the previously disadvanced. Makes me wonder!!!!!!!!!!!

  • george.kamfer - 2012-02-11 10:26

    In the end we aint save in this world anymore alone!! We need to be in groups and that sounds eerily like a natural scenario (Flock of sheep with wolfs around us.)

      Phil - 2012-02-11 11:48

      "In the end we aint save in this world anymore alone!! " Speak for yourself george. I have put distance between myself and the scum that prey on ordinary people.

  • Rosie - 2012-02-11 11:25

    Ja-nee. We can never say ,it can never happen to me. Anywhere Anytime Anyone.

  • Rosie - 2012-02-11 11:29

    The educated robber knows quality. They took my sisters grandson's original Nike tekkies from his feet in Uitenhage one year.So they do not steal junk.

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-11 11:32

    After the bicycles and cellphones were taken away from them, they had to jog home....just thinking...!

  • sycomachinery - 2012-02-11 12:35

    If they can afford bicycles that expensive, then surely they can emigrate, what are they still doing here? Sounds like a insurance thing to me?

  • Frank - 2012-04-07 13:32

    Wheel chair jacking could soon become the national passtime

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