Prominent East London dentist stabbed 36 times while jogging

JANUARY 20, 2015

A prominent East London dentist has described how he was stabbed 36 times during a 20-minute fight with a mugger while jogging along the city’s Nahoon Reef drive last Thursday.

Francois Coetzee, who treated anti-apartheid icon Steve Biko in the 1970s, had to spend two days in hospital following the attack.

Describing his ordeal, the dentist said that he separated from a group of joggers to take a leak which is when a man came out of the bushes and attacked him. While fighting back, Coetzee slipped and fell and the man jumped on top of him and started stabbing him.

The assailant then snatched his bag which contained his car keys and a T-shirt and ran off.

Luckily, Coetzee had his cellphone in his pocket, which he used to call for help.

No arrests have been so far and Eastern Cape police advised members of the public to jog in groups.

In 2013, prominent advocate, Dali Mpofu, was stabbed several times and robbed while walking along Eastern Beach in East London.