Out­rage over the rob­bery of cy­clist at gun­point

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

THE Pedal Power As­so­ci­a­tion (PPA) has re­acted with out­rage after a Ma­nen­berg cy­clist was held at gun­point and robbed of his bi­cy­cle while rid­ing on Jan Smuts Drive near Hanover Park yes­ter­day.

Isaac Fisher, a mem­ber of the Team MC2 Cy­cling Club, was cy­cling to work when three men held him at gun­point in yes­ter­day’s morn­ing peak-hour traf­fic.

A trau­ma­tised Fisher told the Cape Times his as­sailants fled to Hanover Park with the bi­cy­cle. “I couldn’t do any­thing. There were three of them and two had guns, the other one just grabbed the bike,” he said.

The in­ci­dent comes less than a week after Jafmed Phar­macy owner Ab­dul­lah Jaf­far and fel­low cy­clists were robbed of their bikes by a group armed with pan­gas and knives on Jan Smuts Drive near Langa on Sun­day.

PPA chair­per­son Rens Rez-el­man said: “We were ap­palled to hear of a group of cy­clists out train­ing last week­end who were at­tacked by five panga-wield­ing crim­i­nals. We have also seen acts of crim­i­nals driv­ing past cy­clists on quiet, pre-dawn roads and forc­ing rid­ers off their bi­cy­cles.

“Un­for­tu­nately PPA is not in a po­si­tion to po­lice the roads to en­sure safety of cy­clists.

“This is a greater so­ci­etal is­sue that should be get­ting at­ten­tion at a na­tional level. We also urge the SAPS and Metro po­lice to re­spond quickly to emer­gency calls made by cy­clists.”

In­ci­dent comes after knife and panga-wield­ing at­tack on group

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