April 6, 2016

#ATTACK: Elderly Afrikaner women fight back after being attacked, slapped in the face & stabbed with a kitchen knife on Rocky Bay beach

Police arrested the black attacker, Musawenkosi Bruce Ngwazi (35) who was subsequently arrested for another robbery on Scottburgh beach and was identified as the Rocky Bay suspect...
Johanna Viljoen (left) and Joey Blignaut.
GENOCIDE VICTIMS: Johanna Viljoen (left) and Joey Blignaut

A KNIFE-WIELDING attacker had the shock of his life when he threatened to kill his elderly target on Rocky Bay beach recently.

“Get on with it,” she said, “I haven’t got all day.”

This story proves that South Africans – Richards Bay women, in particular – are not sissies and can even see the funny side no matter how dire the circumstances.

The Mail had the pleasure of interviewing two delightful characters, Johanna Viljoen and Joey Blignaut, about their encounter with the ‘ruthless’ cellphone thief.

Johanna is a 72-year-old and her best friend Joey comes in at 68. They have been best friends ‘for ever and ever’. “Actually, it’s just since 2005, but who’s counting?”

Some weeks ago the two were walking on the beach at Rocky Bay when they were accosted by a man armed with a knife.

Scottburgh SAPS communications officer Captain Vincent Pandarum confirmed the incident.

The two Richard’s Bay women spotted a man walking in the distance. Thinking nothing of it at the time, they simply carried on searching for shells.

“I knelt down to pick up a shell and, as I looked up, his face was right in front of mine,” said Johanna, adding that he simply said ‘phone’.

Johanna replied sarcastically: “What phone?”

The thief-to-be answered: “Your cellphone.”

Pause… This is where it gets serious. “He then pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened to kill me,” said Johanna.

“I told him: ‘Get on with it, I haven’t got all day’.

“He then threatened me again so I took the packet of shells I had in my hand and smacked him right in the face,” she added, with an ever-growing smirk on her face.

Joey chipped in: “When I tried to move, the bugger told me that he would kill me too.”

Unfortunately for him, the assailant did not get the message and ’round two’ ensued.

“He slapped my face,” said Johanna. “I couldn’t stand for that.”

She then attempted to give him the old ‘nut-cracker’.

As Johanna prepared to kick the man in the you-know-where, he spotted the move and grabbed her.

“He grabbed my leg in mid-air and stabbed me,” she said.

“I fell to the ground and my phone fell from my pocket.”

Spotting the opportunity, the thief grabbed Johanna’s phone and ran off.

In spite of the wound, Johanna and Joey weren’t giving up.

“Joey and I ran after him as I wanted my phone back,” said Johanna.

Alas, the thief was ‘slightly faster’.

So Johanna and Joey went to report the incident at the Scottburgh police station.

The cherry on the top for the two women is that, not only did police arrest their man (suspected), but they also recovered the phone after slick detective work by their hero Cliffy Pillay.

A man, Musawenkosi Bruce Ngwazi (35) was subsequently arrested for another robbery on Scottburgh beach and was identified as the Rocky Bay suspect.

He appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody until Thursday, April 7.

Detective Constable Cliffy Pillay of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team recovered the cellphone in Malangeni from the person Ngwazi allegedly sold it to.

Johanna and her friend Joey would like to thank the Scottburgh SAPS, Detective Cliffy Pillay, Rocky Bay Caravan Park management and fellow caravanners for their hard work and support.