Cy­clist at­tacked on M4 Blue La­goon bridge

Daily News - - METRO - ZAINUL DAWOOD zainul [email protected]

A DUR­BAN cy­clist is lucky to be alive af­ter he was stabbed by a man with a bro­ken bot­tle on the M4 Blue La­goon bridge yes­ter­day.

Dave Dou­glas, 60, was on his morn­ing ride when a man jumped in to the cy­cle lane near the man­grove swamp tur­ret stair­cases. Blocked off, Dou­glas dis­mounted and used his bi­cy­cle as a shield. The man broke a bot­tle on the pil­lars, and lunged at Dou­glas with it.

“There was not much time to think. I was con­cerned for a mo­ment that he might stab me in my chest or face. He kept say­ing he was go­ing to kill me,” Dou­glas said.

In the fra­cas, Dou­glas, a re­tired graphic de­signer and art teacher, was stabbed in his fore­arm. De­spite blood pour­ing from the wound, he grabbed the man and held him down as cars whisked by.

“I then heard the sound of a Taser and caught a glimpse of a mo­torist run­ning to­wards me. His car was parked on the side. The (at­tacker) then pushed me off him and ran to­wards Dur­ban North,” he said.

Dou­glas, who has South African colours for moun­tain bik­ing, lives in the CBD and rides with a group in Dur­ban North twice a week. He also cy­cles to Bal­lito on week­ends.

“Cy­clists must not be easy tar­gets. Crim­i­nals know we carry phones. It is sad that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity tried to make cy­cling grow in the city, but this ham­pers it. What I should have done was turn around. Now I will have to ride care­fully and keep my eyes open

in this sec­tion. All I can say is I was lucky,” he said.

Gar­rith Jamieson, spokesper­son for Res­cue Care Paramedics, urged cy­clists to ride in groups, es­pe­cially in the morn­ing and evening.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane en­cour­aged Dou­glas to open a case at the Dur­ban North po­lice sta­tion.

Since Satur­day, guards have been de­ployed to the River­side area be­tween Dur­ban Bird Park and Blue La­goon bridge.

Dur­ban North ward coun­cil­lor Shaun Ry­ley said: “We are meet­ing the se­cu­rity com­pany that has de­ployed guards as well as other stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss ad­just­ments to the start­ing times of the shifts. The roads main­te­nance unit has com­mit­ted to hav­ing fenc­ing placed on the ‘tur­rets’ to close pos­si­ble es­cape routes for as­sailants.”

BON­GANI MBATHA African New Agency (ANA)

CY­CLIST Dave Dou­glas was stabbed with a bro­ken bot­tle on the M4 Blue La­goon bridge. |

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