South African cyclists arrested after shoot-out



steve

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South African cyclists arrested after shoot-out
Two South African cyclists were arrested on Sunday after a shoot-out in which they attempted to defend themselves against armed men who they claimed were trying to steal their bikes. According to reports on South African websites one of the attackers later died from gunshot wounds.

According to SAPA reports, Captain Tshisikhawe Ndou of the South African police said the two told police they were cycling along Boundary Road in Honeydew north of Johannesburg around 8am when six men armed with handguns ran into the road and tried to steal their bicycles. The two riders were carrying their own guns and in the ensuing confrontation one of the alleged robbers was shot twice in the face. His five companions ran away while he was later taken to hospital.

Ndou said police opened an attempted murder docket as a matter of procedure and the pair would spend the night in custody. They were due to appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Monday when the public prosecutor would take a decision on whether to pursue the case.
 

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The attack on two cyclists in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, which resulted in the death of one of their assailants, has again turned the spotlight on the safety of cyclists on the roads of South Africa. It has also, yet again, brought into focus the supreme and seemingly global legal irony that, in defending themselves and their property, and, in the process, shooting dead one of their attackers, they have now been charged with murder. Scott (30) and Lloyd (31) Griffith are brothers, and the sons of Alan Griffith, one of the largest benefactors of pro team sponsorship in South African cycling. Both are enthusiastic cyclists. They were riding along a quiet and virtually deserted Boundary Road in Honeydew at around eight on Sunday morning when they were allegedly ambushed by a menacing group of around five or six people who made it quite clear that they wanted to steal their bicycles. The thieves were armed but so were the Griffith brothers, and one of the would-be “bike-jackers” was fatally wounded in the ensuing shoot-out. The Griffiths reported the incident to the Honeydew police station as soon as possible. At their appearance in the Randburg magistrate’s court on Monday morning they were charged with murder, but both released on their own cognizance and warned to appear again on September 26. “The whole thing has been a nightmare,” said Alan Griffith. “The prosecution even wanted both boys to be bailed for R5 000 each and to impound their passports. Fortunately the magistrate would have none of it and they have been released until the next court appearance,” added Griffith. “To have survived a potentially fatal shoot-out, and then face the prospect of being jailed with the very real possibility of being raped and contracting HIV is almost too much for anyone to face. That’s just one of the reasons why it’s all a nightmare,” he continued. It’s not enough that SA cyclists have to brave some of the world’s most aggressive traffic, but now they have to run the gauntlet of armed thieves and bike-jackers as well, and then face the ignominy of being arrested.

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steve

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Originally posted by RalleighOke
Just for further info.

Didn't we have a member from south africa who said they carried a gun when they trained?
 

RalleighOke

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Originally posted by steve
Didn't we have a member from south africa who said they carried a gun when they trained?

I think you are right Steve, then again, I have heard a lot of cyclists have their guns with them when they go out to ride.
 

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Spider1977 said:
No wonder we have so many hairy backs coming to live here in Oz.
It s so sad that we as South African s need to leave our country fearing for our lives South Afirca is following Zim s path soon it will be like all other african countries The blessed SAFA s that can get out and can come over to OZ and NZ are amazed by the outdoor living here as its non existant in SA