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Safety concern after jogger stabbed, robbed on beachfront in Durban

A Durban man has raised concern about safety along the beachfront promenade after his wife was stabbed seven times while jogging on Sunday.

The Durban beachfront promenade extending to all the way uShaka Marine World near the harbour. PICTURE BRIAN SPURR

Published Mar 8, 2022


DURBAN - A DURBAN man has raised concern about safety along the beachfront promenade after his wife was stabbed seven times while jogging on Sunday.

Idrees Pandor said his wife, 54, who is not being named for fear of reprisals, was jogging near the Balmoral Hotel with two friends when they were accosted.

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“My wife noticed four men on some steps and remarked that they looked suspicious. The four men attempted to rob my wife; she bent over and went into a crouch position; they stabbed her seven times. Being in the crouched position was the only thing that saved her. They were only able to take her glasses. The other women ran away.”

Pandor added that his wife had been discharged from hospital and was recovering. “I find it concerning that my wife said that she didn’t notice any law enforcement at about 5.30am. This is a time when people are out in their numbers walking, cycling and jogging on the beach. I hope that the issue of law enforcement on the beachfront will be addressed with urgency.”

Sharmaine Sewshanker, ward councillor in the area, said she believed that the matter was an isolated incident.

“Law enforcement are regularly present at the Durban beachfront, I believe this is an isolated incident that occurred during a shift change (of officers). However, I do feel that the municipality needs to address the issue of the shift change with law enforcement. The officers who are being relieved need to stay on duty until another officer relieves them.”

She said that there was an issue of vagrancy on the beachfront.

“I have on a number of occasions addressed this with the municipality, but still nothing has been done.”

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Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said that the metro police were aware of the incident and would address it.

“This was not reported to Metro Police Emergency Control. We received information late yesterday (Sunday).”

Asked about tackling crime on the beachfront, he said metro police had set up a multi-pronged approach with various enforcement agencies and units, including private security.

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In a separate incident yesterday morning, Marshall Security spokesperson Tyron Powell said a 13-year-old suspect was arrested for robbing a woman jogging in Durban North.

“Our Emergency Dispatch Centre received numerous WhatsApp messages on various crime alert groups where it was reported that a female jogger had been robbed of her iPhone on Adelaide Tambo Drive in the Durban North area by a suspect wielding a sharp metal rod.”

Powell said that armed response officers and members of its Special Operations Team, together with the Homehawks Neighbourhood Watch members, responded to the scene and managed to get a clothing description of the suspect from the victim.

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“After a short search, the suspect was spotted and arrested on Chelsea Drive. Upon searching the suspect, the iPhone taken during the robbery as well as the weapon used to commit the robbery was found in his possession.”

Powell added that the suspect was handed over to the Durban North SAPS who arrived on scene a short while later.