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Cyclist with knife in head survives

An X-ray shows how deeply the knife went into cyclist Shaun Wayne's head when he was stabbed on Monday
An X-ray shows how deeply the knife went into cyclist Shaun Wayne's head when he was stabbed on Monday
Image: Facebook/Wimpie van der Merwe

The last time the medical practice of former Springbok Dr Brendan Venter in Somerset West was this shaken up was when filmmaker Leon Schuster visited about two years ago.

Before that‚ it was when Bok legend Bryan Habana came in about seven years ago.

This time its daily routine was disrupted by something far more serious when Shaun Wayne walked in on Monday with a knife lodged deep in his head.

Venter‚ who was not at the practice at the time‚ said: “We were all like: ‘Wow! What did the patients say?’

“Everyone was gobsmacked!”

A colleague loaded Wayne into her car and took him to a hospital in Somerset West.

He was then transferred to Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville‚ where the knife was removed and his wound stitched up.

He is being kept under observation at the hospital, but has seemingly suffered no permanent brain damage.

Wayne’s mother, Sandra, confirmed on Wednesday that he had undergone surgery but declined to comment further.

Wayne was cycling to the restaurant where he works in the Strand when he was attacked and stabbed at a known hotspot on Gordon’s Bay Drive.

Former world champion cyclist Wimpie van der Merwe wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that Wayne had been attacked in the same spot where he and a fellow professional cyclist were attacked last week.

Van der Merwe said he and Elize Jansen van Rensburg had been attacked on Wednesday last week at about 5.40am.

He said three men had crossed the road in such a way that they had just enough room to cycle between the men and the pavement.

Van der Merwe said he had been cycling in front of Jansen van Rensburg.

“At the moment we passed them‚ they pulled her off the bike and flung her against the pavement.”

Jansen van Rensburg’s helmet broke and her cellphone was stolen.

Van der Merwe got off his bike and started chasing them on foot.

One of the men threw the bicycle down‚ before they started to regroup for a second attack.

Van der Merwe started waving cars down.

An off-duty security guard and motorcycle stopped and the men fled.

Jansen van Rensburg broke her pelvis‚ hip and coccyx in the attack.

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