Mitchell slates complex safety

2010-10-11 13:08

Johannesburg - Lions coach John Mitchell raised questions on Monday about the security company at his Hyde Park complex where he was stabbed during a house robbery.

"The security at the complex was insufficient on Saturday night, as we have lived there safely for over three months. The security company has a lot to answer for with what happened to us," Mitchell said in a media statement released by the GLRU.

Two robbers broke into the Johannesburg apartment he shared with GLRU condition coach Wayne Taylor in the early hours of Sunday and stabbed Mitchell in the thigh and upper arm.

The former New Zealand rugby coach was taken to hospital in Sandton where he received stitches before being released.

"I'm not feeling great, obviously, but my injuries are not too bad and I just thank God that they missed the artery in my leg when they stabbed me.

"This was a very unfortunate incident, and I wouldn't wish it on any other person to be held hostage and woken in that manner by having an intruder in your room, feeling both you and your friends' lives are in danger."

He said the worst part was not knowing if his friend, Taylor, was alive.

"Tails managed to climb out the window and call the police for help. This was the best thing he could have done, and I commend his decision to escape the apartment as he did not know if they were armed."

He said he had already gone for trauma counselling which was "very beneficial".

"I now have a process to work through on myself. I cannot dwell on this and I need to move forward."

Mitchell said he was still committed to his job.

"I am still very committed to the Lions. This is a beautiful country and I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work here. I won't let this deter my commitment or passion for the team, but I need to make sure that I am totally secure in where I live, as it is not at all nice waking up and having to defend your life.

"The players have been incredibly supportive, but I'm trying to not dwell too much on what has happened. I need to find closure now and move on with my life.

"Thank you to everyone from my colleagues to the media to supporters of the Lions for their support. It has been tremendous and I do appreciate every message," said Mitchell.

The GLRU said it now "regarded the matter as closed" and said it would not grant any more media interviews on the matter.

Gauteng police said the two robbers, who stole some electronic appliances, were still on the run.

The security company involved was not identified.


  • Anti-crime - 2010-10-11 13:21

    Security guards always involved. Article should have been titled: Two savages butcher Lion's Nieu Zealand coach. Welcome to Africa.

  • Brett - 2010-10-11 13:25

    Unfortunately the joys of living in SA..!!!

  • Foreign - 2010-10-11 13:28

    The norm for South Africa. No one knows who is going to be next. Feel very sad for civilised population of this country.

  • Joe - 2010-10-11 13:30

    Classic inside job. Look to the security guards, as usual.

  • not - 2010-10-11 13:39

    ...this incident is not very important.... .....the victim is white...

  • bb - 2010-10-11 13:44

    Well - now Mitch is a true south african. Yea - most of us have entertained one of the friendly locals with a knife or revolver at 3 o'clock in the morning in our lounges.

  • war - whites against racism - 2010-10-11 13:45

    If he is brave enough to coach the Lions, then he is brave enough to handle anything. Stay with our team Coach

  • Disappointed - 2010-10-11 13:45

    Judging from the (lack of) comments here, it just proves how people have no comments for this any longer. "It's just another crime". Keep up the good work John and sorry you had to go through something like that!

  • THE MAN - 2010-10-11 13:50

    ag alright enough already your drama queen, what happened to you was noithing serious.....usually you would have gotten shot or something, you seem to be under the impression that you are prince willy or something and that this should never have happened to you???why on earth do you think you are special? crime will get to you just like anyone else in this country so shut up and get on with it or leave but do not complain

  • Nick - 2010-10-11 13:54

    Good to have people prepared to work and remain positive after an incident like this. Sadly though, the security company (or employees of said company) he's talking about could well have been the culprits. I hope he recovers fully and fast.

  • whatever - 2010-10-11 13:55

    Expose the security company. Let others with the same company move their business elsewhere - expose those not doing their jobs and soonr or later they will shut down without any support

  • to@not - 2010-10-11 13:57

    I think not, he is all black!

  • CPF - 2010-10-11 13:58

    Mitchell come, move to Alberton here we've got CPF 10 times better then police adn we sleep safe and sound at night, ask your player some of them know the CPF all too well.

  • Eish! - 2010-10-11 14:04

    When are people going to learn, that there is no such thing as a secure complex, don't ever get complacent, doesn't matter where you live!

  • me - 2010-10-11 14:06

    WHY is this a headline... if i got stabbed,... it wouldnt be in the news... this guy is not important.

  • Barries - 2010-10-11 14:09

    If you think you can rely on a security company, guarding a complex, for your security, you are mistaken. On average these guards are no better than employing a guy off the street, paying him R100 per day and asking him to look after your security. Security guards are paid to look other way, in most cases, hopelessly inadequately trained, have no real interest in their work – it's just a job. Install your own system, arm it and look after your own security.

  • Greegs - 2010-10-11 14:11

    So typical of SA these days....Glad I left 4 years ago! SA has a wonderful reputation..... Nigeria has the con-men and SA has the muderers, thieves and rapists!

  • Johnny - 2010-10-11 14:13

    I had a similar incident and my primary suspect is the armed response company that I pay to monitor my alarm. On two occassions, the alarm went off and their armed response officers lied about their response times. I lost over R70 000 of personal possessions. The police did nothing about it. The police did not even bother to interrogate the security from the armed repsonse company. Yet you have people bragging about the success of the World Cup. We the tax payers are bleeding in crime. Can someone listen please!!!!!!! This is good PR for our country!!!!

  • DeonL - 2010-10-11 14:13

    Security guards have been well known for helping thieves or being the thieves themselves, they should be better screened.

  • Johnny - 2010-10-11 14:14

    I had a similar incident and my primary suspect is the armed response company that I pay to monitor my alarm. On two occassions, the alarm went off and their armed response officers lied about their response times. I lost over R70 000 of personal possessions. The police did nothing about it. The police did not even bother to interrogate the security from the armed repsonse company. Yet you have people bragging about the success of the World Cup. We the tax payers are bleeding in crime. Can someone listen please!!!!!!! This is good PR for our country!!!!

  • Professor - 2010-10-11 14:17

    @bb thats funny bra... pity we are talking about real situations.

  • Al - 2010-10-11 14:18

    Lie detector tests for the guards and nail the guilty buggers.

  • Craig - 2010-10-11 14:18

    Yup, welcome to the club mate !

  • Harry - 2010-10-11 14:41

    Name and shame the so-called Security Company. It reeks of an inside job.

  • Perter - 2010-10-11 14:45

    Welcome to Sa the greatest thing you guys did was force us to end apartheid........ noow feel the results. No sympathy from me pal

  • just askin - 2010-10-11 14:57

    an 84 year old man and his 53 year old son beaten to death with hammers in their home and it is not even news but let someone well known be attacked and it is headlines is this what has become of our country? hope our coach gets over his attack and keeps the positive frame of mind even if we are not living in a normal society

  • Tjatja-rag - 2010-10-11 15:30

    What's saddening is that the "home invaders" will most probably get a 3 month prison sentence suspened for of course- 3 month's...geez! criminals are having a field day in mzanzi all thanks to the ANC!

  • Stuart - 2010-10-11 15:39

    Sorry you had to experience this John and thank you for your very mature response to what has happened. It takes mature people (South African or other) like yourself that keep this country going. The scurge of crime should not deter from the plight of millions of good South African people striving for a better life.

  • Alan Ingram - 2010-10-11 15:48

    Firstly, let me say i have no remorse when an overseas person gets attached here in SA cause THEY helped to put the Terrorists (ANC) in power! Secondly, there is NO NO NO security firm in Gauteng that is worth anything, they are all shit! They employ Zimbabweans and that tells the whole story!

  • KKK - 2010-10-11 17:18

    An attack by blacks on a white man and it made the news?!?!? No way!!!! That's not politically correct. Surely that portrays blacks in a bad way. Surely something like the Bees case is what the media feeds on to appease their master's (ANC) voice? For those of you who are self-grandiosed politically correct comment-posters on this site, please DO NOT watch the following clip!!!! Mmm I wonder if this comment will get published. Probably not... probably... not...

  • DIDI - 2010-10-11 17:33

    @Alan Ingram Seems you have not exprienced any violent crime YET!! I was held hostage at gunpoint for hours which led to an attemptet excecution. I managed to negotiate myself out of it but somebody else got shot. I am sure you would not make comments like you did if this happened to you. John I hope you make a speedy recovery.

  • Blixum - 2010-10-11 21:53

    Bees would have sorted these guys out. Never fear when Bees is near. Mitch call him for assistance.

  • James@KKK - 2010-10-12 09:38

    Who said the attackers were black, or are you merely projetcing your bigoted insecurities?

  • victor - 2010-10-12 09:51

    these things are not home invaders they are low life scunbag trash from hell.

  • Eugene - 2010-10-12 10:38

    Mr. Mitchell earns my respect for a level headed response to a terrible situation. Thank you for your calm response, it is clear to see why the Lions have done so well under this man's leadership.

  • Al - 2010-10-12 12:03

    TO MR INGRAM. No one deserves anything like this to happen to them, that is a very stupid statement to make, you have never met this man how would you feel if the roles were reversed. Oh i forgot you're to dumb and arrogant to ever be in his position.

  • Sandie - 2010-10-12 12:19

    I'm afraid to say that these security complexes are a 'false sense of security'.

  • Deon - 2010-10-12 12:22

    welcome to south africa

  • @ ALAN INGRAM - 2010-10-12 12:48

    There are expats living and working all over the world. This does not mean that because they do not live in their own Country they deserve to be attacked in their own home. Your comments are stupid and useless - and that just goes to show the type of personal you probably are. Very insensitive you are.

  • KKK@James - 2010-10-12 16:23

    It's not the uneducated savage masses who destroy any hope of security, it's people like you who use politcal correctness to pretend that the truth doesn't exist, simply because it doesn't comply with the fairytale dream of all South Africans living in perfect harmony. You, along with millions of people, know the attackers are black. Only difference is that you typically choose politcal correctness (excuse me while I vomit) over identifying the truth.

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