A man’s skull was broken after he tried to save another person from two alleged robbers.
Eben Pheiffer, 39, is recovering in Tygerberg Hospital after an operation to repair his skull.
Now his family say they are living in fear because friends of his suspected attackers allegedly threatened them.
This after members of the community assaulted the suspects on Saturday in Bot River.
According to an eyewitness who asked to remain anonymous, he saw Eben being beaten by two men who were later joined by another man.
“They hit him behind the head and when he fell lights out to the ground, they continued hitting him and also stabbed him,” says the 29-year-old.
The attackers left a bleeding Eben in a pool of water innie pad.
Meanwhile, mense followed the suspects to a nearby spaza shop where they were assaulted.
Eben’s brother James Pheiffer, 50, says he tried to stop the mob from hurting the suspect.
“A witness pointed the one suspect out. He had blood on his face, I don’t know if it was my brother’s blood,” he says.
According to James, friends of the two men have now threatened his family.
“We feel unsafe but if they come we will defend ourselves,” says James.
Lt Col André Traut says: “Two cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in connection with the two assaults have been opened, but no arrests have been made yet.”