The 42-year-old man, who asked not to be named, is another victim of attacks along the R300 highway where skelms throw bricks at passing vehicles, apparently to get unsuspecting motorists to stop so they can rob them.
The father of two is being treated in Groote Schuur Hospital where he is recovering from a cracked skull, a broken nose and an operation to remove his right eye that was damaged by the brick.
“I was on my way home with my workers and we were just past Stock Road driving to Vanguard [Jakes Gerwel Drive]. I saw a man pushing a trolley and then I heard a bang," he tells Daily Voice.
“The van stopped and when I looked up, all I saw was blood.”
The business owner says his workers started screaming frantically as five men appeared out of the dark bushes and ran towards the VW van.
“We got the van to start and I drove quickly to a garage on Highlands Drive,” he says.
“When we got there, I saw what had happened to me and one of my workers rushed me to hospital.
“The doctors tried, but they could not save my eye and I don’t know how I am going to look after my children now.”
His heartbroken wife, 31, says the incident has left their two sons, 10 and 13, traumatised.
“We did not report it because we got referred to three different police stations by the police.
“My children were praying to God asking why him. He is the sole breadwinner and looks after his children,” the mother says.
On Monday night, a 29-year-old man from Mitchells Plain was attacked at the same spot and hospitalised after the glass of his windscreen got stuck in his hand.
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, did not respond to questions about which police station patrols the highway or where the cases should be reported.
Metro Police spokesperson, Sergeant Ruth Solomons, confirms their officers do conduct patrols along the R300.
If you spot stone throwers, call Metro Police on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.