Man in a coma after N2 stoning

MisterBigglesworth

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http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/man-in-a-coma-after-n2-stoning-1.1803033#.VK-lCtKUeXh

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Cape Town - A Macassar man is in an induced coma at Vincent Pallotti Hospital after he was critically injured when a rock was flung through his car’s windscreen on the N2.

Julius Jantjies, 27, and his work colleague, Garth Vermeulen, 22, were on their way to the city when the attack happened just before the R300 off-ramp on Wednesday.

Vermeulen, who spoke on behalf of Jantjies’ family, said that as they travelled he and Jantjies spotted a man in the middle of the road.

“We thought it was just another guy waiting for us to drive past so he could run over the road, but as we came closer to him we saw he had a big rock in his hand. As we came past him he threw the rock, the size of a sweet melon, through the front window,” Vermeulen said.

Jantjies was struck on the head and knocked unconscious.

“I grabbed the steering wheel to steer us away from the concrete barrier we were about to hit,” Vermeulen said.

After pulling over, other motorists stopped to help.

“He (Jantjies) had a massive gash on the side of his head.

I’m still in quite a state.

“I haven’t slept since and his family is in total shock. They are hoping for the best,” Vermeulen said.

Police spokesman Andre Traut said police were investigating a case of attempted murder.

On Thursday, there were reports of four men with rocks spotted on the Baden Powell bridge. Two local residents, Gavin Erasmus and Michael Green, said they had seen them, but police had no record of stone-throwing on the N2.

“Incidents of this nature are viewed in a very serious light. The entire route is well policed by the Western Cape Flying Squad, assisted by patrols from the local police stations and other law enforcement agencies,” Traut said.

Last year, police deployed additional officers to patrol the N2 following a spate of robberies of motorists ambushed by stone-throwers or rocks placed in the road.

Provincial Traffic chief Kenny Africa said traffic forces would increase their visibility on the N2 and R300 if a trend was starting to emerge.

“We ask motorists to always be careful on the N1, N2 and R300. People can throw stones from anywhere. Motorists must be cautious when they see rocks on the road. Do not stop and get out of your car,” Africa warned.

Cape Times
 

Fulcrum29

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The police hardly do anything about the rock throwers, normally they only observe and redirect everyone when the rock throwers are busy doing their thing... I can understand that policing such a matter may lure a larger mob causing more unrest, damage etc. Why don't take action by other methods?

However, the rock thrower which hit Julius Jantjies committed a crime, a serious crime.

Then to take note:

Provincial Traffic chief Kenny Africa said traffic forces would increase their visibility on the N2 and R300 if a trend was starting to emerge.
The trend is already there... for like +5 years already.
 

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Hate the N2 because of these thugs. Wish the law would come down hard on them or they try this with someone who doesn't take **** and rides them over.

The road is basically wrecked in places from all of the burnt tyres. Rocks are thrown constantly, people running across 6 lane highway (with children!) even though there is a bridge 20 meters away, people use the grass as toilet / soccer field. Disgusting.
 

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N2 after the airport I avoid at all costs, If i need to go to Strand or Somerset west i budget for the time and go via Stellenbosch.
 

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N2 after the airport I avoid at all costs, If i need to go to Strand or Somerset west i budget for the time and go via Stellenbosch.
Over the past 3 years I was pelted 7 times, 3 of which was on the R300 off-ramp. I only picked up minor damage to the vehicle once. I'm lucky to had never experienced the boulder (or large rock) drops from the bridges. I know a guy who had a large rock dropped straight through his bonnet. This happens mainly in the early mornings, but it can be very dangerous at night.
 

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now if you swerve out of the path of the rock and hit the thrower, what is the legal implications?
 

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now if you swerve out of the path of the rock and hit the thrower, what is the legal implications?
Hopefully you would be awarded the Freedom of the City, and a Medal

Those that throw rocks at passing vehicles are trying to kill people ... it should be law that every motorist is obliged to shoot anyone holding a rock on that road
 

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How can you NOT make a remark that you WILL regret?
That becomes increasingly difficult as days go by.

I have never made any non-pc remarks since coming to SA (or before) but I often hear them from other not-so-pale Cape residents and their reaction to yesterday's visit by JZ783 to Mitchells Plein only reinforces my impression of how decent people feel.
 

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now if you swerve out of the path of the rock and hit the thrower, what is the legal implications?
If you hit something and your car cannot drive further and you are stranded next to the N2, you're going to have a bad time.
 
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