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Cape Town - An octogenarian who is probably Cape Town’s oldest concert organiser refuses to be cowed after being stabbed in the face in the City Bowl on Monday.
Charles Lindsay Bowman, 82, is the head organiser of Concerts in the Park, a series of free events staged at De Waal Park in Gardens, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and Nando’s.
“We have quite a line-up – from Hot Water on November 17 all the way through to Freshlyground in March,” he reported.
“Anyway, I’d gone into the park at around 6.30am to walk my dog Wally and saw this chap standing there – bullock-naked in only the tiniest of briefs.
“I told him ‘you can’t stand here like this, there are women riding their bicycles past here! Go and put your clothes on!’
“He told me to f-off, so I took out my phone… he came back, put his hand into his bag and tried to stab me in the eye. I fell backwards to try to avoid him, and unfortunately broke my wrist. But he missed my eye by about half an inch, with what turned out to be a sharpened screwdriver. So I was lucky.”
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said the man was later arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
“He will remain in custody at Cape Town Central police station until a police investigation is completed.”
But a second saga then began.
Bowman’s dog had been down at the far end of the park.
“Wally is a very famous, very beautiful, English cocker spaniel – black and white, they’re known as ‘blue roans’. Everybody knows Wally,” said Bowman. “When I was attacked, he came screaming back. He jumped into the car with me and we went to the MediClinic.”
A friend took Wally back to his home. But someone had left a gate open, and the dog bolted.
“I nearly died, I’m afraid. I was more upset about Wally being missing than being attacked,” Bowman said.
A search was launched for Wally, who was eventually found on Upper Orange Street six hours later.
On Monday night, Bowman was back at work organising the concert series.
“It’s going to be wonderful – we get double the number of people at Kirstenbosch. And the concerts are all free.”
For more about the concerts see www.concertsinthepark.co.za