Another murder!

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by Guest, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Teenager shot for his bicycle
    Posted Thu, 13 Jun 2002

    A young Brakpan cyclist was in a critical condition in a Johannesburg clinic after he was shot and robbed of his racing bicycle during a training session on Wednesday morning, police reported.

    East Rand police spokesperson Superintendent Andy Pieke said a passerby found 17-year-old Johan Jacobs lying next to the road in Minnebron Extension around 6am.

    He had been shot twice in the back and his bicycle — valued at about R30 000 — was missing.

    Jacobs had been training with a friend and was presumably returning home when he was attacked from behind, Pieke said.

    He also said a reward could be issued for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.


  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    man thats terrible i hope he recovers
    does that happen often over there?
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Teenage cyclist's condition still critical
    Posted Fri, 14 Jun 2002

    A young Brakpan cyclist who was shot and left for dead on Wednesday was still in a critical condition last night.

    A Johannesburg Milpark Hospital spokesperson said 17-year-old Johan Jacobs had spent most of Thursday afternoon undergoing major surgery to repair damage to his bladder, stomach and pelvis.

    A passing motorist found Jacobs lying naked and unconscious next to a road in Minnebron Extension around 6am on Wednesday.

    He had been robbed of his racing bicycle, worth around R30 000, and stripped of all his clothes, including his shoes.

    Jacobs, a matric pupil, had been training to take part in a church charity race and planned to cycle to Cape Town with a group of his friends during the school holiday as part of the fundraising drive.
  4. Vo2

    Vo2 Member

    Aug 11, 2001
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    Goat and I rode past the Minnebron area today on one of our training rides, we were pretty wary.
    Hope Johan recovers soon.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Fortunately this (by the grace of God) was an "attempted" rather than an actual murder. These things are happening more frequently and this one now doesn't even rate a mention in the Sunday paper! Just another statistic.
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Is it really that bad over there?
  7. Eldron

    Eldron New Member

    Jan 24, 2002
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    What can I say? Crime is a problem - for whatever political/historical reasons. It's not quite as bad as the media try to make out (I've never had any problems in 29 years of riding) - but it is a concern.

    I think the problem is this - we have millions of uneducated people and there is easy access to guns in SA. A nasty (and dangerous) combination.
  8. ewep

    ewep New Member

    Jan 31, 2002
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    I hope Johan recovers quickly. I've not had problems on the road before, but usually I travel on "busy" roads (lots of cyclists). The problem with this is that a lot of people will now get scared and not take part in this great sport.