Cyclist Abraham Engelbracht survives stabbing
5 April 2011 Leave a comment
‘Don’t ever walk, jog or cycle alone…’
Cyclist Abraham Engelbracht, 58, survives stabbing, Krugersdorp
Fifty-eight year old Abraham Engelbracht was cycling on his rusty black Rocci bicycle on Chamdor Road at 8:45am on 23 March when he was attacked by a black male and stabbed. “I usually cycle in the morning to keep fit and to relax. When I am on the bike I don’t really pay much attention to what is going on around me, I focus on the road and obstacles ahead of me.”
(source: Sammi-Jo Botha, LookLocal.co.za) http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/krugersdorp/krugersdorp-news-crime?oid=4329243&sn=Detail&pid=489864&Stab-victim-tells-all
“On 23 March I was approaching the bend on Chamdor Road, just before Protector Build, and the next minute something hit me. I am not sure if the man jumped on me or if he hit me, it happened so fast. I fell to the ground and we struggled. I didn’t want to let go of my bicycle, and then he pulled out a knife and stabbed me in my side. I let go of the bicycle and he rode across the road into the veld. A woman stopped to help me and phoned the ambulance. Later, another man stopped to help as well.
When the ambulance arrived, the two paramedics did not even know how to do first aid. On the way to the hospital, the driver had to stop twice to ask for directions, because he didn’t even know where Krugersdorp Private Hospital was.
“I stayed in hospital for three days and then I was discharged, but I am still in a lot of pain. When I am better, I will only cycle in the suburbs where there are other people around.”
Abraham’s bicycle is a black Rocci bicycle, with silver patches and straight handle bars. The rims were spray-painted black. The bicycle is also very rusted.
‘DON’T EVER WALK, JOG OR CYCLE ALONE’
Spokesman for the Community Policing Forum Mike Harris says, “I am appealing to people in the community never to walk, jog or cycle alone and to avoid roads where the grass is overgrown, because it is easy for criminals to hide in the grass and jump out and attack you.”
Abraham says, “I would like to say thank you to the lady called Lindy, to the other man who stopped and helped; and my friend Casper and his wife Isabel, for all their help through this traumatic experience.”