TIISETSO Moitse is lucky to be alive!
The 30-year-old Daily Sun street seller was chased with a broken beer bottle on Monday while he was on his way to cash up.
Earlier, two thugs mistook a colleague of his for Tiisetso – and they stabbed him twice in his face and robbed him.
“I was on my way to the shop when two men approached me. They asked me to buy them cold drinks. I told them I did not have money for cold drinks. Instead I offered to buy them a cigarette,” said Tiisetso.
He said he gave the men R2, but one of the thugs told him they did not want so little after they saw the money he made from selling newspapers.
“I immediately realised that they were going to rob me. I ran out of the shop and into a nearby tavern,” said Tiisetso.
“ After a few minutes, one of my colleagues walked past the tavern to our cashing point. They thought he was me and assaulted him.
“They broke a beer bottle on his face and stabbed him. I managed to run outside and alerted one of the security guards,” he said.
Tiisetso said even when they saw him alert the guards, they still wanted to stab him.
“The guards managed to corner the thugs. They claimed I was a rival gang member. I am an adult with two kids . I do not have time for gangsterism.”
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thabo Covane said a case of robbery had been opened after two suspects were arrested.
“The victim was stabbed and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money and his cellphone. They will appear in court soon.”