An elderly woman was allegedly attacked with a rock. Picture: Leon Knipe

Cape Town - An elderly woman was allegedly brutally attacked at a well-known beach on the Cape Flats.

The woman was allegedly followed by two unknown persons who wanted to rob her at St. James Beach on Tuesday.

The alleged suspects then took a large rock and hit the woman over the head.

The woman was taken away to hospital as she received a serious blow to her head and paramedics gave her oxygen for the shock.

The victim is yet to give a statement to police as she is currently recovering in a nearby hospital.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed the incident but says there are currently no witnesses to a robbery or assault.

“This office can confirm that an elderly lady is being treated at a hospital for what appears to be serious head injuries. There are currently no witnesses to a robbery or assault. There was supposedly an unconfirmed report that the lady fell. An enquiry has been registered for investigation, and the elderly lady will be interviewed at a later stage,” van Wyk said.

In July, a German female tourist was allegedly attacked with a hammer by a couple while walking along St. James beach.

She protected herself from being hit on her head but suffered a broken arm, hand and fingers during the attack.

Locals said the spate of attacks on beachgoers started in June and has been increasing ever since.