Bothasig police attended a scene last week where a man was found suffering with stab wounds.
He was stabbed while trying to cross the N7 highway.
Bothasig police spokesperson, WO Jacques Mostert, confirmed the attack which occurred on Wednesday February 5.
“When police members arrived at the scene they found an injured man in his early thirties from Dunoon who had been stabbed. According to him he was chased by perpetrators who tried to rob him while crossing the N7 on his way to work,” Mostert says.
The police called for medics to assist the victim, while waiting for the ambulance, Mostert says.
“By the time the ambulance arrived the victim had been stabilised. He indicated that he would consider opening an assault case after receiving medical treatment,” says Mostert.
The area where the attack occurred is close to the Adam Tas dog park in Bothasig. Residents claimed on social media that this was the site where the attack occurred, but this is denied by ward councillor, Helen Carstens.
“There was no stabbing at the dog park in Adam Tas Avenue in Bothasig. The stabbing took place on the N7 where it is actually illegal for pedestrians to walk as the traffic act stipulates.“Nonetheless, the injured man happened to make it to the dog park as he was attempting to look for help on his way to Bothasig,” Carstens explains.She says the open field on Adam Tas has been problematic for many years, and it was actually due to this reason that it was chosen to be used as a dog park.“The fact that the vibracrete wall is continually broken on the N7 side is a problem that is very difficult to address as each time we replace the slabs, they are removed. We have even built a brick wall which was also broken down. We will now be placing a self-locking gate and placing a sign-board stating that it is a dog park and not a thoroughfare and of course that entry is at your own risk,” she says.
The council has also planted Natal plum trees all along the length of the wall.
“If you say that the dog park is unsafe, you could say that anywhere and everywhere is unsafe and if we look at what makes an area unsafe, it is when we do not use the area or when we stay out of the streets or out of the parks. Just like a deserted street becomes a haven for untoward activity,” Carstens adds.
She says she will be placing park attendants on a number of parks in the area in order to assist with a presence, and to have someone onsite to ensure the park is kept clean and tidy and to curtail any untoward activity.
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