Cou­ple at­tacked, stabbed in Ash­bur­ton

Man fight­ing for his life

Weekend Witness - - News - NOMPILO KUNENE

A LO­CAL man is fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal af­ter he and his preg­nant girl­friend were at­tacked by three men in Ash­bur­ton on Thurs­day night.

Te­bogo (33) and his girl­friend Bon­isiwe (27), who asked to only be re­ferred to by their first names, were walk­ing from Pick ‘n Pay to their home along Pope El­lis Road in Ash­bur­ton at around 6.30 pm when they were am­bushed by the men.

“The men came out of nowhere and we heard them say they wanted to take me with them. Te­bogo told them that I was with him and one guy grabbed him. Te­bogo pushed the man away and they all started hit­ting him,” said Bon­isiwe, who is three months preg­nant.

She said they were about two min­utes away from their home when they were at­tacked. They man­aged to walk to their gate but their as­sailants fol­lowed them.

“The gate is a bit se­cluded. When we got there one of the guys drew a knife and started stab­bing Te­bogo. The other guy had some­thing that looked like an iron rod that he used to hit Te­bogo.”

Bon­isiwe said she can’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened next, but she woke up in hos­pi­tal with stab wounds to her head.

Mid­lands EMS paramedics said Te­bogo sus­tained mul­ti­ple cuts to the head and his stom­ach was cut open. The cou­ple was rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Bon­isiwe said her baby was not af­fected and she was re­leased from hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. When she spoke to Week­end Wit­ness she had not seen Te­bogo since the or­deal but was told he was still in a very crit­i­cal con­di­tion and was in the in­ten­sive care unit await­ing surgery.

“I’m just glad he is still alive. We al­most died for noth­ing. I am still very scared.

“I’ll never walk out­side at night again,’’ said Bon­isiwe.

Spokesper­son for the Alexan­dra Road po­lice sta­tion, Cap­tain Kholeka Mh­longo, said the mo­tive of the at­tack was still un­known but po­lice be­lieved it was rob­bery.

Mh­longo said a 19-year-old man was ar­rested in the vicin­ity of the scene and will ap­pear in court on Mon­day. The other two sus­pects are still on the run. • [email protected]­ness.co.za

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