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2016-07-12 16:13

ASSAULTED IN JOZI: An unnamed Johannesburg motorist has been assaulted by three window washers at an intersection on July 4. Image: Youtube

Cape Town - News24 reported on Tuesday that a Johannesburg motorist sustained three stab wounds to the head.

The reason for the attack? The driver apparently refused the services of window washers in Bruma.

According to the report, the incident occurred in the late morning on Monday (July 4) at the intersection of Marcia street and Albertina Sisulu road. 

Racial slur

According to the motorist's wife, the man was assaulted after he refused to have his windscreen cleaned, the window washers responded with a racial slur. The driver then opened his car door to in response to the slur.

Watch the incident below: 

Arrive Alive responds

Arrive Alive editor Johan Jonck said: "As a general guide, keep in mind that not everyone is considerate, peaceful and respectful to other humans. 

"Keep your vehicle locked and your windows closed. Do not allow another to protrude beyond the safety of your vehicle and do not exit your vehicle to enter into a confrontation.

"Always keep in mind that you should never provoke someone from inside your vehicle  - not with words, signs, gestures or harshly staring at someone. Remember that when provoked - 'Conflict can only continue to exist with participation'."


Have you witnessed violent behaviour by road users? Have you been the victim of violent behaviour on our roads? Email us and we'll share your story.


Do not assume safety, adjust your road behaviour

Never assume that the roads will be safe and be ready to adjust your driving behaviour.

This will include:

1 Approach and cross intersections with caution.
2 Do not exit your vehicle to enter into a confrontation.
3 Avoid in-car distractions and keep your focus on traffic and road conditions.
4 Make sure your windows and doors are locked.
5 Don't leave valuable items on your car seats, rather stow them away in the boot. 
6 Stay tuned informed of possible road closures in times of protest action.
7 Don't retaliate by sounding your horn, flashing your lights or gesturing, this will only aggravate the situation.
8 If you are a victim of aggression take the registration number (if possible) as well as location details and report the incident to the police.

Read: Caught in violent protests? What SA motorists should do


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