Stellenbosch turned out to he a sight of horror on Friday night as a gang of five men robbed commuters and then threw them off the train, leaving one man dead, and another eight injured
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Andre Traut said a 32-year-old man was killed during the robbery on the train between Lynedoch and Eerste River.
“It is believed that commuters were attacked by a group of armed suspects on the train and robbed of personal effects,” he said.
“The commuters were stabbed and thrown from the train. Eight male persons were injured during the incident. Cases of murder and attempted murder were registered and no one has been arrested as yet.”
Veal farmer Renier van der Westhuizen and his girlfriend Izette van der Merwe had just stopped at the Zetler’s garage near the station early on Friday night when a scene of horror unfolded in front of them as one of the injured men staggered towards them.
“He was full of blood,” said Van der Westhuizen, who was parked at the filling station whose owner Jeffrey Zetler was murdered in June.
“He was stabbed on the head. The knife had broken off in his head,” said Van der Westhuizen.
The man collapsed next to the bakkie. Van der Westhuizen said his girlfriend, who is trained in First Aid, and a friend who had been a medic in the army jumped out to help him.
The police and emergency services were also called.
Van der Westhuizen said at first it was difficult to understand what had happened as the man was speaking a language he was not familiar with.
But another man who was also at the filling station interpreted for the injured man and he told them he been robbed and thrown off a train.
“They also messed his knee up really badly,” said Van der Westhuizen.
The trio helped stabilise him as he went into shock, waiting for an ambulance.
“The ambulance took an hour. A full hour,” said Van der Westhuizen.