Police are hunting for a skelm who stabbed a French student in Bo-Kaap on Tuesday morning.
The 20-year-old French woman, a student at the University of Cape Town, is recovering in hospital after she was stabbed and robbed of her backpack in Bo-Kaap, which is a popular tourist destination.
The woman was stabbed three times in the neck and her shoulder was injured when her attacker threw her to the ground.
The incident happened at 10am in Chiappini Road, where a row of colourful houses draws scores of tourists daily.
Chiappini Road resident, Maria Honig, told the African News Agency (ANA) that the attack was caught on a neighbour’s CCTV camera.
Maria said she called an ambulance while her neighbour applied pressure to the woman’s stab wounds. “It was very quiet. There was nobody on the road, and she was walking towards Wale Street and was met face-to-face with a man, a small scrawny guy,” Maria said.
“He tried to ask her something. He then pulled a knife or sharp implement and started stabbing her repeatedly in the neck, shoulders and chest.
“He wasn’t trying to distract her briefly to get a backpack, he was trying to do some serious damage.”
The woman fell to the ground and the mugger, who was wearing a blue jeans and Adidas hoodie, made off with her backpack and ran towards Longmarket Street.
The footage shows a car passing her, but doesn’t stop, with the driver appearing to chase after the skelm, while two neighbours run out to assist the student.
The young woman also lives in the Bo-Kaap and has been mugged in the area before.