Cyclist rage: 'He attacked me like a wild animal', woman claims

2017-07-14 11:20
The incident. (Simon Riekert, Supplied to Netwerk24)

The incident. (Simon Riekert, Supplied to Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Samantha van den Heever says she relived the trauma of being attacked by a cyclist when she had to testify in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon.

On September 25 last year Van den Heever was in Kromdraai Road on her way to the Cradle of Humankind when, it is claimed, she was repeatedly hit in the face by a cyclist.

Her husband, Gavin, apparently had hot coffee thrown at him by the same cyclist and was assaulted with the coffee mug.

- Read more: Cyclist allegedly attacks woman, husband

Stephen Leeuw is facing two charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of assault. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges when he appeared in court on Thursday.

"It was horrible to stand there. You feel like a villain while actually trying to do the right thing and letting the law take its course," she told Netwerk24 outside court.

"You relive the trauma while testifying. There are some parts that I remember clearly despite having got a huge fright. It's the finer details that one forgets."


She was the first witness to testify against Leeuw.

According to Van den Heever, Leeuw had moved from the emergency lane onto the road on a blind corner and she had hooted at him.

"I just hooted to warn him that I was coming," Van den Heever said, adding that she had to swerve to avoid hitting him.

Van den Heever said she stopped to see if Leeuw was okay. She claims he then hit her car.

"He started hitting my car. When I got out to ask him what his problem was, he attacked me like a wild animal," she said.

Advocate James Moodie, for the defence, told court that Van den Heever had been impatient with several cyclists in the area. He added that Van den Heever had caused Leeuw to fall off his bike by braking.

Gavin van den Heever and Barbara Voudouris, who had been in the car with the Van den Heevers, will probably testify when the case resumes on August 30.

Foaming at the mouth

It was previously reported that Simon Riekert, who had witnessed the incident, said Leeuw had literally foamed at the mouth.

Riekert said he had to use Leeuw’s bike to protect himself and Samantha during the incident.

Afterwards, the Van den Heevers had been on their way to the Honeydew police station when they saw Leeuw sitting at a roadside restaurant.  

Gavin van den Heever said he stopped to confront the man.

"When he saw Samantha’s car, he threw hot coffee at me before hitting me with the coffee mug," Gavin had said earlier.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.