Andy Craig saved a female cyclist from two attackers and to be sure it wouldn’t happen again he cut back the bushes they used to hide behind, what a hero!
Durban, South Africa (29 March 2017) – Andy Craig was driving along the M4 just passed the Ellis Brown Viaduct’s tower over the uMngeni River in Durban (going north) when he spotted two men attacking a cyclist under the arch. They had dragged the female cyclist down the stairs when Andy Craig stopped to intervene.
“I shudder to think what would have happened if I had gone past five seconds later. I’d just like to warn runners and cyclists who use that route, to avoid using it if possible. The problem is the bridge provides cover as does the bush adjacent to the free way. And don’t think time of day matters,” he said.
This section of road is popular for attacks against cyclists, pedestrians and runners. In the past residents of the area have taken it into their own hands to cut back the bushes because the local municipality had failed to do so time and time again.
Andy was pretty moved by helping the woman but was also angered that this crime hot spot has not been made safer by the municipality so he decided he too would take the maintenance of the area into his own hands and trim back the bushes, making visibility better for people using the path. Andy borrowed a friends chainsaw and cleared the area.
“There’s been a series of robberies at this particular spot. Cutting back the bush only partially solves the problem. I’ve requested the City look at installing clear view fencing like they have put around Virginia Beach which will prevent incidents like this going forward. If the fence runs from the turret about 100 metres northward we’d be able to secure the spot which is popular with runners and cyclists,” he said.
Andy not only saved the female cyclist from a terrifying experience but he has created a slightly safer environment for people over the next few months. Hopefully, the cleared area will be a deterrent for attackers going forward. We also hope that the city takes this matter a little more seriously going forward. Well done Andy, you are a hero!