A woman was severely beaten with a rock on Saturday afternoon in yet another attack at Fort Klapperkop in Pretoria, Centurion Rekord reported.
This was the second attack in two weeks on the mountain bike trails (MTB) at Klapperkop.
Hi-Risk Unit security spokesperson Arthur Crewe said this happened on the MTB trail close to fountains circle.
“The woman was cycling a distance in front of her husband when she was forcefully stopped by four men,” said Crewe.
“They then pulled her off the bike and dragged her into the bushes where they repeatedly hit her with a rock. She fought to keep her helmet on, which saved her life.”
The husband, unaware of what was happening, was then also targeted but he managed to cycle away to try and get help. When he failed, he went back to look for his wife.
By this time, the woman had run towards the R21, where she was picked up by a passing motorist.
Crewe said a search party was immediately organised to look for the attackers.
It continued throughout the night but was called off on Sunday morning when the men were not found.
“We urge people not to ride alone in Fort Klapperkop, but rather in groups,” he said.
This comes shortly after community representative Rob King warned people against a false sense of security after recent patrols.
“Upon reflection I think all of us have been lulled into a false sense of security as our previous efforts have made Klapperkop safer, but it is not yet safe.”
This latest attack comes two weeks after the Tshwane metro promised that a fully operational electric fence would be put in place around the Groenkloof nature reserve.
In addition to the fence, metro police – uniformed and fully equipped – would be deployed from this weekend to deal with security matters.
Some residents also believe that criminals use the storm water drains between the two reserves to move around, hence the spike in attacks at Klapperkop after Groenkloof was secured.
Several visitors to the reserve have been robbed, stabbed and attacked by criminals in recent times.
A 19-year-old Danish girl and a 16-year-old Centurion boy were robbed, beaten and tied up at the monument on March 27 and May 2 last year respectively.
Both were cycling on their mountain bikes at the time and have since recovered.
Melville Koppies in Johannesburg have also had a similar spate of crimes in recent years.
A petition campaign was organised last year by residents and community leaders in the area surrounding the Melville Koppies, Northcliff-Melville Times reported.
The petition called for the MMCs of parks and environment, and safety and security at The City of Johannesburg to take the current crime situation in and around the koppies seriously, and take urgent action in protecting this precious natural heritage site and the surrounding communities.
– Caxton News Service