Well-known NWU student ambushed on OK bridge

Mr Universal South Africa, Daniel Asiwe, was ambushed and chased on the bridge near OK Grocer. Photo: Provided
Mr Universal South Africa, Daniel Asiwe, was ambushed and chased on the bridge near OK Grocer. Photo: Provided

On 4 October a well-known third-year student was ambushed and chased by at least seven assailants while returning to campus from the Aardklop terrain.

Daniel Asiwe, a Psychology and Labour Relations student at the NWU Potchefstroom campus, also known for bearing the crown as Mr Universal South Africa 2018, was working at Aardklop last week.

On Thursday evening he was walking back to campus when he passed over the bridge in Chief Albert Luthuli Drive near the OK grocer. While on the bridge, he noticed four men casually hanging around on the bridge.

“When I walked passed them on the other side of the road they just ran across the bridge towards me so I started to run,” he said.

Daniel said that just as he thought he had outrun the men, another three or four men ran towards him from a different direction.

“I bumped into the men who came from the front and fell into the road,” he said.

Daniel sustained scrape wounds from the fall, but stood back up and continued running. However, the men caught up with him because of his fall.

Daniel sustained scrape wounds after his fall.  Photo: Provided

Daniel sustained scrape wounds after his fall. Photo: Provided

“The only thing I could think of was to throw my bag at them, hoping that they would stop chasing me and maybe try and go through the bag instead.”

This worked, as the perpetrators stopped chasing Daniel as soon as he tossed his bag with his wallet, charger and some other belongings at them.

“My wallet only contained the tips that I made that day at Aardklop,” he said.

He felt he was part of an unfortunate ambush as one group of people were on the one side of the bridge and the other group on the other side, probably waiting for someone to cross the bridge from either side.

“Students staying in that area are subjected to this type of crime on a daily basis,” he said.

Daniel spoke to one of his friends who stays in the area and learned that criminals start roaming the bridge at night after the OK grocer closes because the area is then quiet.

A few months ago, Daniel’s girlfriend was robbed at gunpoint in front of her flat in that same area.

“They took her house key, purse and bag and a couple of days later they came back because they thought they now had access to her premises. Luckily we had already changed the locks so when they tried to fit the keys to get inside, she had time to call the police,” he said.

Daniel said that it is worrisome that students are subjected to this kind of crime every day.

“We can’t control this as students, but I think we need more police patrols in that area,” he said.

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Marianke Saayman
Journalist

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