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Mitchell stabbed in break-in

2010-10-11 06:36

Johannesburg - Former New Zealand rugby coach John Mitchell has been stabbed in a break-in at his home in Johannesburg.

Mitchell, who joined South African provincial side Lions as head coach in July, was discharged from hospital on Sunday morning after being attacked Saturday night, his club said.

Lions spokesperson Krystle Geach said Mitchell had been stabbed in the thigh and upper arm after two burglars broke into the house he shared with fellow New Zealand-born coach Wayne Taylor in the wealthy Hyde Park suburb.

The former 46-year-old All Blacks player was taken to hospital in nearby Sandton, where he received stitches to the two wounds, Geach said.

Mitchell will return to work on Monday morning "where we will give him our full support and encouragement," Lions president Kevin de Klerk said in a statement.

"We have rallied around both John and Wayne during this terrible time and have placed them both in new accommodation for the time being while we find them permanent residency." De Klerk added. "The complex they were staying in has a reputation for being very safe, and as a result we never had any doubt that they were out of harm's way."

Reports said that Mitchell was in bed when he heard someone entering his room at about 22:00 (SA Time) on Saturday night. Thinking it was his flatmate Taylor, a member of the coaching team at the Lions, Mitchell jumped on one of the intruders. The second burglar then stabbed him in the arm and leg, according to the reports.

The burglars made off "with a few possessions," said Geach.

Mitchell, a former assistant coach with England and New Zealand coach from 2001 to 2003, agreed a three-year contract with the Johannesburg-based team in September. He moved from Perth, where he coached Australia's Force.

AP

Comments
  • BC - 2010-10-11 06:45

    This is so typical of what happens in SA. It seems to the outside world to be this lawless society that is full of violence and corruption. Why does anyone want to ply their trade there. I guess this is reflected in the thuggish ill disciplined bok rugby too. Get well soon John.

  • Billabong - 2010-10-11 06:47

    C'mon Johnno, leave that place and come back home. Your life is worth much more than being killed over there by barbaric animals for a couple of measely possessions.

  • Nav - 2010-10-11 06:56

    how do these burglars get inside a safe complex. I have 24 hour round the clock guards at my place. The complex should sue the security company.This should teach security companies a lesson. I heard of a security company breaking into a business and cleaning them out the entire weekend. The company is suing the security company.(R10m)

  • OMG - 2010-10-11 06:58

    Ja... dis tyd dat die wereld agterkom hoe fantasities die lewe in RSA is... Geen wonder Die leeus kan nie hulle spelers en afrigters hou nie. Kobaai

  • Yolande - 2010-10-11 07:01

    Welcome to lawlessness,murder,rape,plunder,break,steal,corrupt!!!! Viva la SA!!!!!!

  • Caesar - 2010-10-11 07:03

    This gesture is a typical South African welcome to the country greeting.

  • Robert Kay - 2010-10-11 07:04

    Just to show that nowhere is safe anymore! Glad to hear nothing more serious happened. It could well have been tragic! Get well soon, John.

  • Bullion - 2010-10-11 07:10

    Welcome to South Africa - Here we have Game farms and We are the Game.

  • Impi - 2010-10-11 07:10

    Terrible, but not surprising.

  • DJ Kingsize - 2010-10-11 07:11

    All the best to the coach, i apologise on behalf of a small precent of criminals who tarnish our beautiful country and its people's reputation. Pity you did not get to knock at least one of them out!

  • Bennievdm - 2010-10-11 07:11

    shocking news..... even more shocking that this is only reported on news24 now - it was all over the radio news 8 hours ago in Oz....... Back to the bad old days of media manipulation......?

  • roland - 2010-10-11 07:13

    Welcome to sunny South Africa mate...

  • Dave - 2010-10-11 07:14

    the crime in this country is out of control , when will this Govt wake up. John Mitchell i wish you a speedy recovery

  • Simon - 2010-10-11 07:14

    Welcome to South Africa guys, be sure to mention this to your friends. You are somewhat famous, so maybe the cops will spend a few minutes on your case, before giving up.

  • Welcome - 2010-10-11 07:14

    Welcome to joburg. Lesson one :Here you cant tackle the robbers, you shoot them.

  • EF-L - 2010-10-11 07:15

    How the ^$@!k does this happen?????!!! Thank you goverment for making this country a great & safe place to stay! John if I were you I would get the hell out...

  • lester - 2010-10-11 07:18

    To the guvmunt: are we allowed to refer to the perpetrators of this crime as monkeys or will you get offended?

  • Peter - 2010-10-11 07:19

    Well done South Africa great image we continue to build....

  • Bok_Bevange - 2010-10-11 07:22

    Please John don't let this overshadow what you mean to the Lions supporters!!!! We need you!

  • james - 2010-10-11 07:24

    Don't worry Mr. Mitchell. It's these peepool's democratic raaight!! Freedom is the woord here. Do you understand why white South Africans are leaving for Oz now? If you bludgeon one of them to death then you get called a racist and they all jump around like jumping jacks in front of the court.

  • desmond - 2010-10-11 07:35

    If I refer to the perpetrators of this crime as "monkeys", will that be racist?

  • Paul - 2010-10-11 07:41

    Probably some Western Force supporters who were sick of Mitchell's crap after five long and unproductive seasons.

  • V. Zela - 2010-10-11 07:41

    @ BC I wonder what those 2 letters are short for, could think of a number of names all not very nice

  • Deon - 2010-10-11 07:46

    Really sad to read this report this morning ,wouldn't blame you if you just packed up and left ,thank you for bringing back the PRIDE for us die hard Lions supporters

  • nathan - 2010-10-11 07:47

    Come on guys, you were warned by the so called president (JZ) - before the World Cup he prayed for South Africans to be good for just one month, just one month. That one month is over a long time ago so it's business as usual for his average voter.

  • piet - 2010-10-11 07:52

    You're a colonialist so therefore it's justified in the avarage urangatang's eyes. Did they also steal any bananas?

  • stuart thom - 2010-10-11 07:54

    This is what all those liberals in NZ were demonstrating for those days when Naas;s team was across there. Well done alll u NZ plonkers this is what we have here now - anarchy. dont see any of u whining now,

  • reality check - 2010-10-11 07:55

    When last did our " President" speak out on the crime levels in this country? It would appear that they condone crime for all those not able to partipate in the BEE / ANC elite self enrichment feeding frenzy. They probably figure it's easier for them to allow crime to continue,than to try and create more jobs for the unemployed . Why would any " valuable " foreigner want to move to this Country with such crime ? Speedy recovery John.

  • DZ - 2010-10-11 07:55

    BC, Your comment is immature is mis-informed. I am an ex pat living in Sydney and am obviously shocked at what has happened. Crime is unfortunately an issue but let's just clear something up here. The way the springboks play has nothing to do with crime in the country. We won the world cup in 2007, not sure where your team finished. We won the Tri-Nations last year, not sure where your team finished. As for this year we were poor but rather this year then next year. All the best to John on his recovery.

  • welcome - 2010-10-11 07:56

    WELCOME TO THE REAL "NEW" SA... ...CRIME CAPITAL OF THE WORLD..!! .....WHERE EVEN THE CRIMINALS ARE FREE....

  • Stoned - 2010-10-11 07:57

    This can happen to any one, not only whites. I'm black and i don't support crime, but dragging race in this will not solve anything. Lets unite to fight crime, not making racial statements.

  • reality check - 2010-10-11 07:58

    When last did our " President" speak out on the crime levels in this country? It would appear that they condone crime for all those not able to partipate in the BEE / ANC elite self enrichment feeding frenzy. They probably figure it's easier for them to allow crime to continue,than to try and create more jobs for the unemployed . Why would any " valuable " foreigner want to move to this Country with such crime ? Speedy recovery John.

  • Zuma Said - 2010-10-11 08:01

    The Prez said you must behave while the world cup is on. Its over and forgotten now, so its time to rob the forigners. UMSHINI WAMI

  • boela1 - 2010-10-11 08:01

    IT IS PURE RACISM , IT HAPPENS HOURLY, THIS IS OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, VIVA ANC

  • DZ - 2010-10-11 08:04

    BC, Your comment is immature is mis-informed. I am an ex pat living in Sydney and am obviously shocked at what has happened. Crime is unfortunately an issue but let's just clear something up here. The way the springboks play has nothing to do with crime in the country. We won the world cup in 2007, not sure where your team finished. We won the Tri-Nations last year, not sure where your team finished. As for this year we were poor but rather this year then next year. All the best to John on his recovery.

  • Polly - 2010-10-11 08:05

    When will the black and coloured people of this country stand up and and do something through "their "goverment because when the white's voice their opinion they are labelled as racists or settlers and told if you are not happy leave. You got your majority rule ,you got your freedom now stand up and be counted. Get well John. My sympathy is also with all the families who lost loved one's to crime in Soweto,Vosloorus,---------- .What is Mr Malema doing about crime ?

  • Charles - 2010-10-11 08:11

    Once again... A pitty it has to be someone famous before it gets mentioned in the news while hundeds of other people in SA also have to deal with this S*&T every day, some not as lucky to survive. Eish Africa I laaaavvvvvv uuu!! Good luck John and may your emotional scars heal soon.

  • King - 2010-10-11 08:46

    Hey John, come and coach the Kings, you won't get stabbed in PE. You don't even have to lock your door down here. The money's in Joeys but who lives long enough to spend it?

  • Louis Van Wyk - 2010-10-11 09:00

    Awesome (sic). now we realize the immense fallacy of the euphoric world cup 'success'. The new and improved RSA scored and own goal AGAIN. The combination of sheer stupidity, ignorance, disrespect for each other and just plain backwards on the evolution scale will be the downfall of all South Africans. Pack your bags-say your goodbyes-and cut your losses. I sincerely hope no one else will come and waste their time in this vortex of regression, so that I don't have to face my Australasian friends in embarrassment again.

  • Why? - 2010-10-11 09:11

    Why is this making news..? SA is a lawless country, much like the wild west of years ago, and will continue down the path of self-destruction just like all its' counterparts north of the border...viva ANC...viva...the dust-bowl is closer than we think...

  • G in Oz to S.A. 'victims'. - 2010-10-11 09:54

    This could happen anywhere in the world. I've been assaulted in NZ AND mugged in Oz. South African expats & wannabe expats make me laugh. They're so obsessed with victimhood, that they've become pathetic beings. They either want to justify moving to another country [ so that they feel somewhat less the intense loss of a sense of home ]; or they feel aggrieved that they have to live in a S. Africa where they are not granted special opportunities anymore because the playing fields have been equalled. Why turn this into a political issue when a man has been burgled & assaulted at home - & not just wish John Mitchell a speedy recovery?

  • G in Oz to S.A. 'victims'. - 2010-10-11 09:55

    This could happen anywhere in the world. I've been assaulted in NZ AND mugged in Oz. South African expats & wannabe expats make me laugh. They're so obsessed with victimhood, that they've become pathetic beings. They either want to justify moving to another country [ so that they feel somewhat less the intense loss of a sense of home ]; or they feel aggrieved that they have to live in a S. Africa where they are not granted special opportunities anymore because the playing fields have been equalled. Why turn this into a political issue when a man has been burgled & assaulted at home - & not just wish John Mitchell a speedy recovery?

  • Sissie - 2010-10-11 10:07

    Sa's not for sissies or for laaaaities.........! W_mp__!

  • Dirk - 2010-10-11 11:04

    Run while you are still alive... next time you might not be so lucky!! The SA government has no intention to protect its citizens against crime!!!

  • @Yolande - 2010-10-11 12:07

    Leave the country then. This happens in other countries as well. It's just that people like you tend to wear blinkers when it happens elsewhere

  • @@Yolandi - 2010-10-11 12:33

    Why should Yolandi leave her country that was taken over by a bunch of urangatangs? This is our country seeing that we defined the borders. How can it be your country if you never defined the borders you idiot? This country never existed before we got here you idiot...What country did you have before the settler got here? Why don't you f*ck off to the tree you were swinging on before we found you?

  • loverboy - 2010-10-11 12:34

    this is a lesson we dnt slp with unlock doors in SA unlike in NZ

  • Namibian - 2010-10-11 12:53

    it's very shocking I tell you, everywhere I turn is crime, I'm fearful of my own life here in SA. I could be next anytime. Gov-mend the problem please...John get well soon.

  • @@yolandi - 2010-10-11 13:02

    You're right it does happen in other countries, e.g. Canada, 1 in 100 000 may be murdered compared to South Africa's 1 in 2000. Don't believe me? Follow this link, arschloch: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_percap-crime-murders-per-capita

  • @ "@@Yolandi" - 2010-10-11 14:08

    Since when is it Yolandi's country and who are "we" you prick....those days are over boet..... To compare crime in Canada to any other country in the world is like comparing chalk with cheese