Uber driver re­lives the night­mare of at­tack

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HE WRES­TLED with his at­tack­ers who were try­ing to rob him. In the en­su­ing scuf­fle, he man­aged to ap­pre­hend one of them and make a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest. But it was the re­ac­tion of the po­lice that left Uber driver Love­more Magu­misa even more trau­ma­tised.

When Magu­misa ar­rived with his at­tacker at the Mait­land po­lice sta­tion in the early hours of the morn­ing, both bleed­ing, he was told to take him­self and his at­tacker to a nearby hos­pi­tal and re­turn af­ter­wards.

Magu­misa, a Zim­bab­wean, said he had to sit with his at­tacker nearby, scared that the ac­com­plice might re­turn.

He said he was called to the Cape Town CBD to drive the two peo­ple to Mait­land. The two in­structed him to drive them to Ex­ten­sion 7 in Mait­land. As he was drop­ping them off the two tried to rob him of his be­long­ings. “As I was driv­ing a sharp ob­ject hit at the back and the other sus­pect took a knife and stabbed me in my fin­ger. I stopped the car and fought back and one guy man­aged to es­cape. I then grabbed the other one and over­pow­ered him. We fought for a while and I man­aged to get him in the car and hold on to him, while driv­ing the car to the nearby po­lice sta­tion.

“At the po­lice sta­tion I was told to drive the sus­pect to a nearby hos­pi­tal and come back to open a case. I could not be­lieve what I was hear­ing but I took the sus­pect to the hos­pi­tal, were we both stood in the same line and re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Af­ter be­ing at­tended to by the doc­tor I phoned my brother who came to as­sist me and we took the sus­pect back to Mait­land po­lice sta­tion and he was ar­rested. I was ad­vised to go to Wood­stock Po­lice Sta­tion to open a case.”

Jona Magu­misa, brother of Love­more, said the sus­pect wanted to bribe them and pleaded with them to for­give him. Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain FC van Wyk, said a case was opened at Wood­stock Po­lice Sta­tion.

“The com­plainant can open a case against the of­fi­cer for the way he be­haved. Un­der no cir­cum­stances can some­one be turned away who wants to open a case.

Uber spokesper­son Samantha Al­len­berg said the firm was “cur­rently en­gag­ing the po­lice min­istry to as­sist the com­pany in pro­tect­ing” their driv­ers.

PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE

VIC­TIM: Uber driver Love­more Magu­misa was called by peo­ple who pre­tended to be clients. As he was driv­ing one hit him.

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