Mpofu lucky to be alive, say lifeguards

The lifeguards who helped Advocate Dali Mpofu after he was stabbed on an East ­London beach say he’s lucky to be alive.

Mpofu remained in hospital yesterday in what his wife, Mpumi, described as a “stable and comfortable condition”.

She said her husband was likely to spend the entire weekend in hospital.

“He had a very bad stab wound on his chest, so doctors want to observe him and make sure he is okay,” she said.

Mpumi said the Mpofu family did not ­believe that the attack on Thursday was linked in any way to her husband’s work at the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana killings.

Mpofu was walking on Eastern Beach when he was attacked by two men, who robbed him and stabbed him several times.

Mpofu then walked 500m along the beach to seek help at the lifeguards’ tower.

Siseko Dyantyi and Mzwandile Mafuna said Mpofu had lost a great deal of blood and was weak when they found him at the base of their tower.

“He (Mpofu) was using his hand to stop blood from a bad and deep wound on the right side of his chest. The blood just kept pouring out. It was a close call. He is lucky to be alive. Thank God,” said Mafuna.

The pair talked to Mpofu to keep him ­conscious while they waited for an ­ambulance to arrive.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson ­Brigadier Miranda Mills said no arrests had been made by yesterday.

Mills said the spot where Mpofu was ­attacked was dangerous.

“There are incidents of crime there, but not every day. It’s an isolated place and ­criminals use it to target innocent people,” Mills said.

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