A week after it was announced that outdoor exercising will be allowed under strict conditions effective Friday, 1 May, crime has once again reared its ugly head on Thursday 7 May, with two attacks on cyclists, one in Cape Town and the other in Port Elizabeth. “We are asking everyone to please be cautious and to avoid known crime hotspots when out cycling,” says Rens Rezelman, chairman of the Pedal Power Association.
On that Thursday, a cyclist was bike – jacked by two men at around 07h00 at the intersection of Hout Bay Main and Nelson Mandela Roads, close to the entrance to Imizamo Yethu. “Please be aware that criminals know that cyclists are out on the road between 6h00 and 9h00, says. Rens Rezelman. The attackers apparently hid behind the trees and then pretended to cross the street before they attacked stealing his bike and cell phone. The incident was reported to Hout Bay SAPS.
In Port Elizabeth, mountain biker, Ed Bennet was also attacked at 07h00, at the corner of Sardinia Bay Road and Victoria Drive. The attacker hauled Ed off his bike and dragged him towards the bushes. He ran away after Ed managed to fight him off. We are happy to report Ed was not injured. The Victoria Drive Area in the vicinity of the Sardinia Bay turnoff and all the way down to Schoenmakerskop has been a trouble spot over the years with several incidents of this nature, including visiting ironman triathletes being attacked.
“It is also very important to report cases to your nearest SAPS in order for us to request patrols in the morning, to combat attacks like these,” Rezelman concluded.