POLOKWANE – An outing to town resulted in a nightmare for a woman and her husband when she was assaulted and robbed while her husband was in the store.
Suzette Prinsloo and her husband, Martin, went to a store in Schoeman Street and she decided to wait in the car while her husband went into the store.
“I rolled down the window for some fresh air because it was extremely hot in the car,” she told Review.
She said a man came to the window and asked her for spare change to which she answered she didn’t have any after which he left. A few minutes later he returned to the car and tried to grab her cell phone which was lying on the dashboard.
“All I could think of was to try and stop him from grabbing my phone and seeing if I can close the window in time,” Suzette said.
“With the first hit I could feel the pain shooting up my nose. The second hit left me with eyes swollen shut and blood streaming down my face. After the assault the man ran away,” she explained.
After a few minutes she got the bleeding under control and her husband came out of the store to find his wife covered in blood and badly traumatised.
“I found my wife in quite a state, she was bleeding and the car’s interior was covered in blood. When I asked her what happened she said a man robbed and assaulted her. I was beside myself and I wanted to run down the street, find the guy and beat him up,” Martin said.
They went to a local medical facility where Suzette was treated for a broken nose.
“There is no point in opening a case because where will the police find this man? They can’ t even find murderers who have been on the run for years, how will they find this man? The worst of all is that the criminals know this as well,” Martin told Review.
Polokwane Police Spokesperson, WO Lesiba Ramoshaba, said they were not aware of the cases referred to by Review and this is largely due to people not reporting the matters to the police.
“The police cannot do something about an issue if they are unaware of what is happening. The only way we will know what is happening is when cases are opened and we can investigate them.
“This way police can plan to be proactive instead of only reacting after a crime has been committed,” he said.
He encouraged people te report any crimes to their nearest police station and said as a preventative measure police visibility will be doubled in the streets of the city’s central business district.