Returning from a visit to his mother’s house in Phoenix, a 24-year-old mushroom vendor, was brutally attacked by a gang of men who viciously stabbed him and fled with his cash and cellphone on Eastbury Drive on Tuesday.

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), who responded to the bloody scene, the severely injured victim is in a serious but stable condition after he was repeatedly stabbed and assaulted during the Eastbury robbery.

RUSA boss, Prem Balram, said, “At approximately 1:05pm, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene by a member of public requesting assistance for the man who was bleeding excessively from his wounds. Upon arrival, Metro Police were in attendance. Medics treated the victim for injuries which consisted of stab wounds to his face, chest and back.

“The victim explained that he is a resident of Choppers Town near Mt Moreland and was selling mushrooms in Phoenix when he decided to visit his mother who lives in the area. Shortly after leaving her residence, he was accosted by six men whilst walking on Phoenix Highway. “Without warning, one suspect drew a knife and started stabbing him whilst the remaining men began assaulting him. During the attack, the victim was robbed of R2, 000 in cash and his Samsung cellphone. The suspects then
fled the scene on foot. The victim sought assistance from employees of a panelbeating business situated at an Eastbury Drive premises. An extensive search was conducted for the suspects, however, they still remain at large,” said Balram.

“This kind of brutality is unbelievable. Whatever the circumstances, it is beyond comprehension that such violence can be unleashed on a person by a gang. As this festive season progresses, it is alarming that there is such disregard for human life. It is frightening to anticipate what the rest of the season holds in store. Thankfully, the victim was spared and will shed more
light on the incident so that the perpetrators may be brought to book,” said Phoenix CPF chairman, Umesh Singh.