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The violent attack and robbery of trainer Eric Sands at the Milnerton Training Centre was an indictment of the rampant crimewave sweeping over not just the City of Cape Town but the entire country, Phumelela CEO John Stuart said on Wednesday.

He commented following the attack on Sands last week, during which the 62-year-old trainer was assaulted and robbed by four assailants.

“I don’t think anyone can really imagine how traumatic an ordeal Eric went through,” said Stuart. “One’s workplace should be a safe haven, not a place where you are literally forced to fight for survival.

“But, unfortunately, we live in a country where crime has seemingly become part of everyday life and we are not immune against it.

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