Cyclist stabbed to death

The cycling fraternity is in shock after a Fish Hoek cyclist and member of the Recyclers Club for retired cyclists, Ian McPherson, 68, was robbed of his bike and brutally stabbed to death on Tuesday morning while cycling near the Fish Hoek sports fields.

His death comes two weeks after a 56-year-old woman was robbed of her bike at knifepoint on Saturday March 3, while cycling on a path through the Clovelly Golf Course in the direction of Ou Kaapse Weg (“Cyclist robbed at knife point”, Echo March 8).

According to police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, the suspect fled the scene and is yet to be arrested.

Fish Hoek police spokesman Warrant Officer Peter Middelton, said the incident took place on the trail next to Brigandine Avenue.

Close friend and fellow cyclist, Renford Brand said he was devastated to hear of Mr McPherson’s death. He said they have been friends for many years and he knows the family well. He said he and Mr McPherson used to cycle together often until 2010 when Mr Brand was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Ou Kaapse Weg which resulted in his right leg being amputated. See page 5.

“He (Mr McPherson) saved my life. He did CPR on me and called emergency services,” said an emotional Mr Brand.

Pedal Power SA CEO, Robert Vogel, said he was at a loss for words. He said looking at recent attacks on cyclists and hikers in the area, the level of violence involved is alarming. “The victims have no chance when the criminal is prepared to kill to steal what he wants,” he said.

Community Police forum (CPF) chairman, Andre Blom, said the death of Mr McPherson was tragic.

He said due to recent violent attacks in SANParks areas such as beaches and mountain trails, residents should be extra vigilant and cycle and hike in groups.

He said the walk-through between Silverglades and Sun Valley is to be considered a place of danger due to it seclusion and limited access by law enforcement.