ANC backer Visvin Reddy stabbed in Pinetown mugging

2016-08-08 15:46
ANC backer Visvin Reddy has been stabbed twice. (News24)

ANC backer Visvin Reddy has been stabbed twice. (News24)

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Durban - Durban businessman and African National Congress backer Visvin Reddy was stabbed twice during a mugging in Pinetown’s central business district on Monday.

Reddy and his wife had been on their way to the Department of Home Affairs office to fetch a passport.

Reddy, a popular backer of the ruling party, courted controversy in 2014 when he said Indians who complain about the ANC government should go back to India.

He was the ANC’s Chatsworth Branch chair at the time he was suspended.

Speaking to News24, Reddy said that he and his wife had been sitting in their car in traffic when a group of men surrounded the vehicle.

“There is a lot of construction in the area and we were waiting for the robot to change. With cars in front and behind us, my wife alerted me to some guys at the side of the car,” he said.

Reddy said one man stuck his head through the window, which was open, and demanded that he hand over his cellphone and money.

“Another guy grabbed the keys but he couldn’t get it out because the gear was engaged. A man on my wife’s side was banging on the window and pointing to her handbag which was on the floor,” he added.  

Reddy said that his phone had fallen to the floor and as he appealed to the man to remain calm and that he would hand it over, his attacker produced a knife and stabbed him in the arm.

“We are safe now and we are out of there. Incidentally the last time my wife came to this office she was mugged. People are getting mugged and robbed here on a daily basis and this all is being brushed under the carpet. This is a common problem,” he said.

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