Cape Town – Patients in a doctor's waiting room in Strand were stunned when a bleeding cyclist, with the knife embedded in his skull, walked in on Monday.
So far only identified as Shaun, a waiter from Somerset West, he was on his way to work on Monday afternoon when he was attacked and stabbed about 1.5km from his workplace, YOU reported. The picture has gone viral on social media.
After the attack he got back on his bike and rode to former Springbok rugby star Brendan Venter doctor's rooms in the nearby Strand. He was later admitted to Tygerberg Hospital for emergency surgery.
It’s the second attack on a cyclist in less than a week on the same 3km stretch of road between Gordon’s Bay and Strand.
Former world champion cyclist Wimpie van der Merwe, who was attacked in the same spot last week, shared Shaun’s incident on his Facebook page.
Van der Merwe and Elize Jansen van Rensburg, a South African professional cyclist, were cycling from Gordon’s Bay to Strand when they were attacked at about 5.40am last Wednesday.
“About 5km into our cycling session three suspects attacked us. They pulled Elize from her bike and flung her down on the pavement,” Van der Merwe said.
“I fought back but at one stage I realised it’s either her or it’s the bike.”
The 55-year-old Jansen van Rensburg was seriously injured and has fractures to her hip, pelvis and coccyx. The attackers made off with her cellphone.
Van der Merwe said the cycling community is upset and worried about the attacks on cyclists in the area.
“Elize’s husband was also attacked in the same area 18 months ago and his bike was stolen.”
Netwerk24 reported that police have denied that there is virtually no policing in the area. Spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said police were patrolling in the area when they noticed the man cycling with a blade embedded in his head.
"The victim was assisted and taken to a medical facility for treatment," Rwexana said.
However, Van der Merwe slammed the police again in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon. "Police do your job. You know where the hot spots are, but you are doing nothing little or nothing about it.
"How many cyclists must still be attacked before you take this plea seriously?"