Woman attacked by hitchhikers

2012-01-20 14:34

Johannesburg - A Good Samaritan who was stopped at a filling station by a woman holding a 6-month-old baby asking for food and a lift, was viciously attacked by the woman's partner.

According to The Star, Marietjie van Staden was robbed and left for dead in the brutal attack on Tuesday night.

She had stopped at a petrol station near the R500 in Carletonville when the woman approached her, and she agreed to give her and her baby a lift.

A man then climbed into the car, saying he was the woman's husband and he would help with directions. Although worried, Van Staden agreed to help them and drove them to a smallholding.

She gave the woman R50, after which the man started attacking her with a steering wheel lock, rendering her unconscious. He also stole items from the car.

Used cellphone to alert family

The woman then used Van Staden's phone to alert her family that she had been in an accident on the R500. Van Staden's partner and a friend spent about three hours searching for her on that road, before receiving another message from the woman giving better directions.

They believe the woman started to feel guilty, and admitted what had happened, saying her husband was crazy.

"This woman was at least humane in one way. She wanted to help," Van Staden's partner told The Star.

Van Staden was then found unconscious in her car, but they managed to rouse her before taking her to hospital, where she was treated for concussion and contusions to her face.

"As a woman, of course you care about children. How could she ignore this person who was starving and carrying her kid?" Van Staden's partner said.

Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.

  • Nitro - 2012-01-20 14:41

    People please this is SA you cannot trust anyone.

      jfarway1 - 2012-01-20 14:46

      Agreed! People will use even a baby to try and commit their bad crimes!

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-20 15:54

      Just another reason why I would rather look the other way and drive by. It's because of clowns like this that no one trusts anyone in this country anymore. DO NOT HELP OR PICK ANYONE UP ANYMORE!!!!

      Sharon - 2012-01-20 16:46

      I know its not a done thing, but I recently gave 2 pensioners a lift into town. It was a long walk for them and the lady was using a walker. I don't generally help people like that, when I see a young girl thumbing, all I think is "stupid girl!" and carry on, but these 2 I just couldn't pass without helping. It all worked out ok, they got to where they needed to be and I toodled on my merry old way. i must admit my husband grrrrrr'ed at me when I told him about it and I have been able to suppress my helpful urges since that day!

      Adam - 2012-01-20 18:45

      cannot count the the amount of times I thumbed a ride in the 80's. Short trips around town and provice to province. Met some amazing people and made good friends. Those days are long gone in SA, a very sad shame a few ruin it for many.

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-21 08:43

      Sad. Very sad, but true.

      Amanda-Leigh - 2012-01-21 12:28

      Long gone are the days when we used to lift the "troepies" after their weekend passes. So sad when a good human being almost gets killed just for having a heart

  • alex.vorster1 - 2012-01-20 14:42

    sick sick sick...!

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-21 09:10

      People need to realise that playing the Good Samaritan ended in Jesus' time. These days its a jungle out there and you can only trust people at your own peril. If you are paying your taxes and donating to one or two charities then you are doing enough to help solve the ills of this sick and perverted world we live in.

  • Alfred - 2012-01-20 14:43

    Why? The woman gave you money and a ride when she could have (and obviously should have) told you to bugger off. Is it some kind of instinctive animal urge that you're just to primitive to fight that you just absolutely HAVE to savage anything that moves even when it's trying to help you? There is just no end to these feral beasts.

  • Peter - 2012-01-20 14:43

    What man hits a woman???? effing spineless b***ard!

      Sharon - 2012-01-20 15:54

      No real man will hit a women Peter, you are obviously a real man. Thank you and a job well done by your parents

      sachasea - 2012-01-21 10:20

      In most circumstances you're right Peter. I wouldn't ever want to have to hit a woman, but what if SHE is attacking you? Surely you have a right to defend yourself regardless of the attacker's sex?

  • Theresa - 2012-01-20 14:43

    This woman has all my simpathy, but I lost my 'good samaritan' badge a long time ago.It's just too dangerous.

      Brenda - 2012-01-20 14:52

      I agree, mine is long gone too.

      Samantha - 2012-01-20 15:09

      i often want to stop and help mothers walking with their kids , especially if its raining or they are carrying many bags, but i dont and i feel very bad about it, but i am too scared of something happening , like this, - how absolutely disgusting that someone doing a good deed is hurt like this-

      Elizabeth - 2012-01-20 16:13

      i lost mine too

      Daphne - 2012-01-21 09:54

      Rather "do charity at home!"

  • Darryn - 2012-01-20 14:44

    This seems to be a new thing..... some guy approached me for a lift at a petrol station. He had his pregnant girlfriend with him and needed a lift to get home. The usual drivel, car is broken... no money etc. etc. etc. After a moment or two's consideration, I declined..... you can't trust anyone anymore. Very sad indeed.

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-01-20 14:47

    Better yet! If you see a hitchhiker, drive over them!

  • Tracey-Lee - 2012-01-20 14:47

    I stop for no one ...sorry but its getting sicker and sicker out there

  • Petru - 2012-01-20 14:50

    Shocking! And this woman was only trying to help! It is not just South Africa. There a re sick bastards everywhere in the world!

  • Max - 2012-01-20 14:59

    I respect people like Marietjie who still has empathy with beggers, because I have lost mine.

      Joel K Tarus - 2012-01-20 15:37

      I lost mine too,gave up on finding it back.

  • tracy.moller - 2012-01-20 15:13

    What's the point to try and help anybody these days? All that happens is you the one that gets shafted. Or worse, dead. This is what those people teach their children. How to shaft someone that is wanting to help. In turn the helpers teach their children not to help. Soon nobody will be helping anybody anymore and then it will all just go to crap.

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-20 15:15

    And what's the lesson we can learn here? Never pick up hitchhikers! Ever! Even if they're carrying babies.

  • Daaivark - 2012-01-20 15:17

    As kind as she is, people just don't learn and only do so the hard way.

      Heiku - 2012-01-20 15:30

      So you WANT bad things to happen to good people? So they can "learn". WTF

      Daaivark - 2012-01-20 15:40

      Heiku. That's not what I said. Kindness is no excuse for stupidity or gullibility. If you have lived in this country long enough by now you should know that this kind of thing is rife, in fact it has become the norm. I bet she will never do this again. Can everyone please learn from this now !

  • Thulisa - 2012-01-20 15:25

    The poor woman probably gets beaten up by her partner as well, she's weak, why did she not warn the poor women to just give her money at the filling station and leave them there!

  • Marsuper - 2012-01-20 15:41

    This is regrettable, but hats off to the lady for stopping and helping, any normal person will ask: "what will happen to me if I stop and help?", but she, the good samaritan asked herself: "what will happen to the lady and the baby if I don't stop?"... It is a cruel world out there but what if more people stopped to help more often? I'm undecided about this and would likely lean to just driving off without stopping but don't we have some hope left?

      Betweenuandme - 2012-01-20 19:06

      I think I would have given them taxi money rather. That way, you're helping, but not getting involved.

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-20 15:45

    Marietjie, you will be blessed. At least your heart was at the right place. As for the future, just be careful. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. Not always something that are being liked, but reality.

  • Anon - 2012-01-20 15:52

    It's very sad, one of these days someone will REALLY need help, and won't get it because of these freaken a-holes.

  • Mo - 2012-01-20 16:09

    Which is why I roll up my window, and look the other way. Sorry. No sympathy from me. I don't care if you really are poor, but this is happening way to much lately. You want food and something to eat? Go ask Zuma. He promised it to you anyway. Not me.

      Irene - 2012-01-20 16:50

      Ditto. I do exactly the same.

  • Don - 2012-01-20 16:14

    How bad has our world got that some will even brutally attack a woman who has shown kindness and compassion for another woman and her child. Sick. One cannot trust any stranger no matter how needy or innocent they appear. NEVER EVER GIVE A LIFT TO ANYONE no matter what. A criminal doesn't wear a badge saying "I am a criminal" !. The good guy next door could be the next rapist. Don't even fall for those roadside tricks of breakdowns or injuries, and if they appear to be in need of help drive on and call the traffic police but don't get out... you could be the next victim. Sad but hard fact. Hope they get this guy and lock him up for good.

  • phangolicious - 2012-01-20 16:19

    Never give free wheelers a lift!!! in your lifetime .......

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-20 16:33

    I was a game ranger for 2 years in 1992-1993, us and the army guys used to hitch-hike with our khakis and bags and lifts were plentiful, a great ride and you always got treated to a pie and a coke & wonderful company, years later in SA now you NEVER pick up anyone and if you are unfortunate to have to Hike..forget it its going to be a loooong wait.

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  • Shirley - 2012-01-20 16:53

    With all due respect,in South Africa today there is no margin for "kindness". Its a sad thing to say that you can no longer help another human being without putting your own life at risk! Our humanity is been stripped away daily!

  • Gloria - 2012-01-20 17:43

    I wonder what went through the baby's mind having to be exposed to this sort of violence??

  • JP - 2012-01-20 18:50

    Tipies !!!!

  • darren.peach - 2012-01-20 18:54

    What happened to the spirit of Ubuntu ?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-20 19:12

      I haven't quite lost my spirit yet - but stories like this one makes me very sad for our Country. I still give lifts to people I recognise as we live in a rural area, but I realise it has become impossible to do so in the Cities.

      amanda.terblans - 2012-01-20 20:57

      I guess it got murdered

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-21 08:14

      It got nationalised.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-01-20 19:56

    Sounds like a into to a horror movie --

  • amanda.terblans - 2012-01-20 20:56

    very sad, the days of carrying out good deeds are long gone, if a person approaches me especially with a child saying they have no food and are homeless, I call the welfare and the police, if these people resort to exploiting their children they do not deserve to have them

  • Rita - 2012-01-20 23:09

    Everyone who comments so negatively here on poor people and saying you will never help anyone poor (meaning white). Since that is what it is all about.. it's obvious to me from reading the article that the woman at least had to have been white and poor, the man was most likely white too. Most of you have always looked the other way when encountering a poor white person. I know how white south-africans look down on poor whites. But don't worry.. your own day is coming as everything falls apart. We will see how you feel if it is you walking in the blistering sun while holier than thou whites DRIVE PAST.

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-01-21 04:01

    That is the sad reality of living in this country, you really cant trust anyone... I mean I have given people lifts, but without them asking and only picking up women, as I feel more assured that they wont attack me... They are always very grateful and surprised someone would offer them a lift! However me as an expat, when Im in SA for a holiday I treat evryone as potential threats, more so 'black' people due to all the crime, which is so unfair towards them cos my fellow brotha's and sista's account for more than 85% of the population. To be safe in SA is to be paranoid! Sad fact.

  • Neil - 2012-01-21 05:56

    South Africa is a country full of crooks and dishonest people which is why you can't trust anyone anymore. I'm glad I emigrated when I did. I feel sorry for the honest and good people like this lady and let it be a warning that if you live in South Africa you take your life in your own hands. The homecoming revolution are full off s***

  • Hennie - 2012-01-21 08:50

    how can we afford to assist those realy in need? This is bad and such persons should sit for life

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-21 09:43

    to think his next lift will be in a SAPS bakkie...we never seem to learn that some people should be left behind...

  • Koos - 2012-01-21 09:52

    in future.... if you dont know the people chase them away!!! kids or no kids!!!!!

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-21 09:53

    Just another day in South Africa.

  • Niki - 2012-01-21 11:19

    Some time ago my sister-in-law and I gave a lift to a woman walking along the road with a small child. When she got off, after a trip of a considerable distance, all she said was, "You have R10 for me?" Not nearly as bad as Marietjie van Staden's experience, but a "thank you" would have been appreciated.

  • Tendy Nedombs - 2012-01-21 12:00

    The only people are suffering are kids whom they use to beg money. At the end those kids never see where that money goes.

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