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Woman thrown off bridge in Warner Beach


A 24 year old woman was was attacked, while jogging, and thrown over the railings of the Little Amanzimtoti River bridge, in Warner Beach on Wednesday morning, 25 November.

An Eye-witness, Mr Gert van der Merwe was driving towards Warner Beach at about 7.50am, travelling the same direction in which the woman was jogging.  He saw a man grab her and throw her over the railing. He was unable to stop immediately, but managed to pull over and run to assist – but the assailant had fled the scene.

“The man grabbed the woman from behind, threw her over the rails of the bridge and jumped off after her. According to the eye-witness, everything happened within a split second,” according to Toti SAPS communications officer, Capt Charlene van der Spuy

“When he looked over the rails, he could not see anything as it was dark under the bridge but he noticed a storm pipe. He started shouting towards the pipe, asking what was going on when the victim came stumbling out and screamed, with her underwear pulled down. The victim’s eyes were closed and it appeared the assailant pepper sprayed her face,” said Van Der Spuy.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Kingsway Hospital casualty for treatment. She was unable to give a statement to Toti SAPS, who attended the incident.

Injuries sustained by the woman could not be confirmed as she was undergoing medical examination.

Netcare 911 media liaison Chris Botha confirmed the woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

Capt Van der Spuy warned that, “Joggers and walkers are urged not to walk or run alone. Remember, there is always safety in numbers.”