It is alleged the deceased, Michael Thomas, together with a friend left Copesville on foot to run an errand in Raisethorpe last Friday. On their way back they decided to take a shortcut and were accosted by the suspects, Public Eye Maritzburg reported.
Thomas’s aunt Anitha Rajaram said: “From what we’ve been told, as they entered the path they were confronted by three men who had been hiding in the bushes. Thomas’s friend screamed for him to flee, but it was too late. The men grabbed him and stabbed him in the neck and thigh. His friend managed to escape and ran off to call for help.”
“Thomas tried to run away, but his wounds were too severe. He was screaming out for people to help him, but residents in the informal settlement were too afraid to do anything. When he collapsed to the ground, the attackers dragged him off the path, stripped him of his white Converse takkies and stole his leather jacket,” she added.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police investigations are ongoing.
In a separate incident, a man was seriously injured after he was stabbed at Mtwalume Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, in February.
It is alleged a couple was enjoying a walk when they were held up by armed robbers yesterday. The man was stabbed multiple times, but his female companion was unharmed.
Netcare 911 paramedics reportedly found the injured man in a serious condition. The unidentified man was treated on the scene before he was taken to hospital.
– Caxton News Service