SA gymnasts robbed in Poland

2010-07-09 11:54

Johannesburg - Two members of the South Africans acrobatic gymnastics team who are in Wroclaw, Poland, for the world championships, became victims of crime two days after the team's arrival.

An amount of R8 000 was stolen from gymnast JP Engelbrecht 's hotel room, but a short upper cut from coach Chris Botha left a would be mugger cold on a toilet floor in Poland's second biggest city.

"I asked someone in a shopping centre where the toilet as and he 'kindly' offered to show me the way.

"However, as we reached the toilet at the end of a long passage, the good Samaritan, or shall a say good Pole, suddenly hit me in the face and grabbed my money bag," Botha said.

Botha said it must have been his Boksburg instinct, but he hit the mugger with a short right to the chin and he dropped to the floor.

"As I was not sure whether there were some of his friend's around, I broke all Usain Bolt's sprint records to get out of here," Both said.

The top acro gymnastics event gets on the way with the Opening Ceremony Friday night and World Age Group championships on Saturday.


  • marius - 2010-07-09 12:05

    No ways, crime is only in Africa

  • Tshif - 2010-07-09 12:07

    Hee heee SA Crime this SA Crime that...all i got to say is Sh*t can happen anywhere at any time.....Human beings are all the same...

  • Thusla - 2010-07-09 12:08

    London 2012 olympics will not be safe.

  • Laura - 2010-07-09 12:11

    Send this e-mail to Marek - like things are any different in Poland!!!

  • Francoise - 2010-07-09 12:20

    See it happens all over the world not just here !!!!!!

  • Ela - 2010-07-09 12:24

    I'm really ashamed. I'm polish leaving in SA .I feel sorry for this guy:(

  • Al - 2010-07-09 12:30

    I have been to Poland and it is very safe there.

  • awwsum - 2010-07-09 12:32

    probably a sa imigrant applying his trade in europe?

  • Richard - 2010-07-09 12:56

    I agree with Marius, there's no way this could happen anywhere but in South Africa - but only if you're a British journalist (or Paraguayan goalkeeper). Wait...actually lets follow their reasoning: Poland is unsafe, therefore Europe is unsafe. Don't go to Europe because it is riddled with crime!

  • Vovo - 2010-07-09 13:04

    Read some online polish press. All they did was attack South Africa in every way about the world cup. They even advised people to get bullet proof vehicles or at least 4x4's as there are apparently no roads... Firstly, I have been to poland & the place is a hell hole in many area's, far worse than any slum in RSA. Secondly, their greatest highway is like a normal 2 lane each way street! Just read up, and see. Hope the story gets out & they can get their own back.

  • @All - 2010-07-09 13:37

    Where are Juan,Stu Pidwog et al?Why aren't they commenting?

  • Victor - 2010-07-09 13:45

    People, don't confuse yourself. Crime in South Africa is colossal. For every one incident in Europe there are about 10 in South Africa ! Indeed some woman rape man too, however for every female rapist there are 100 males. Get my point?

  • STE - 2010-07-09 13:59

    Yes sh*t happen enywhere with only difference that in Poland they don't kill for callphone or 20 rand

  • Sam - 2010-07-09 14:30

    @vovo Poland's highways are junk because of the 50 years of Soviet Communism in that country, which followed 6 years of WW2, Poland was the country which was most destroyed in WW2. However, you probably won't get mugged there even if walking through a poor area at night. There are some bad areas with thugs but very few and if attacked - the worst which will probably happen will be a black eye. Poland is very safe and this mugging is pretty atypical.

  • Karl - 2010-07-09 14:51

    @STE: Yeah and killing for oil is ok? The point is that most of the negative-nannies go on about this country as if its the only place in the world with crime! What do you have to say about the Saffa in london who got his face smashed in with a bottle just because he wore a bok top? & what are you doing about the crime situation in this country?........sorry what?........oh right NOTHING!!!!

  • Les - 2010-07-09 15:17

    Im having a laugh.... Of course unlucky victim BUT im sure this does not reflect on Poland as a whole..... Just the same way that the bulk of SA crime is domestic.. and yet its like there is danger on every corner .... ja right. Finally... with the shootings in the UK..... first in the lake district (12? shot) and now a gunman on the loose hunting policemen...... is it REALLY us that need the bullet proof vests........ ?? IM REALLY HAVING A LAUGH..

  • Vovo@Sam - 2010-07-09 16:03

    As someone who has spent a bit of time there, in various areas, I have to disagree. Poland is one of the most violent countries in europe. i agree that armed robbery is not common place, however gangsterism, poverty & crime are just as bad in some areas as here. In many cases worse, as they won't always rob you but might kill you... just because. just like that. The past still looms there and the legacy f communism & its fall is still clear outside of the 4 biggest cities. Add to this that they steal cables, & even cut burglar bars offfor scrap metal. Houses are cleaned out completely often, & trust me, crime, although not involving firearms, is rampent.

  • fox - 2010-07-10 20:20

    vovo, poland is 100 times better then sa hell wholes????, mmm, vuvo, have u been to hillbrow? and the various slums around joburg, which is pretty much 90% joburg redifines thw thw word hell, notransport, no service, crumbling infratructure ext,and lets not talk the s... in other sa cities

  • foxz - 2010-07-10 20:25

    vovo, i dont even think u were ever in poland i did not c 1 burgular bar on windows of houses in poland and wasnt it the british and german s who came up with the ideas of bullet proof vest think u u need to check ur facts and stop thinking up fantasies of poland

  • Tom - 2010-07-24 20:53

    Vovo - Although road conditions are bad in Poland, they are improving. With the accession to EU the pace is accelerating. One of the better highways is A4 ( which if you take a look is a 3 lane each way. So by no means you're credible enough to make generalizations of what Poland is. Even the newer 2 lane highways (drove on A2 in 2006) are made to high standards. Number of lanes is one important parameter but the shape of the road is another and these new highways are way better than most in North America where I live. Also they are part of an EU highway system which has to meet EU standards and this is where all roadways will eventually get to. So as others pointed out and follow your logic (or lack of it) EU is also a slum worse than SA which again points to your ignorance and probably some sort of a bias.

  • Daniel Botha - 2010-08-15 23:19

    Great!!! My brother did well giving that Pole a Slap!!

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