Couple attacked on Patensie Farm

Manhunt for two suspects

The South African Police Service in Patensie have launched a manhunt for two suspects who allegedly attacked a couple (both in their fifties) on their farm in Patensie, last night, 12 February 2019 at about 22:00.

According to police information, as the couple arrived  home with their vehicle they were overpowered by two unknown males. The suspects were armed with a knife and a panga. They threatened the couple and demanded cash. A scuffle ensued between the 58-year-old man and one of the suspects, in which the 58-year-old man was struck over the head with the panga. The other suspect then allegedly stabbed the 58-year-old man in his hand and in his back.

The suspects forced their way inside the house and took two cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled the scene on foot soon afterwards.

The 58-year-old man was taken to a local doctor for medical treatment.

Police in Patensie are investigating a case of house robbery. Anyone who might be able to assist with any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects are requested to contact Detective Warrant Officer Johannes Noeth, 0825514749, SAPS Patensie Detectives on 0422838419 or Crime Stop 08600 10111. Media enquiries: Captain Gerda Swart 0823017948.

James Ribbink Inks Deal With Vissla

Vissla South Africa is proud to announce that they have signed up dynamic young Durban surfer James Ribbink onto their team. James will be wearing Vissla threads, as well as sporting Vissla wetsuits in the water.

“James is a great addition to the Vissla family in South Africa, and we’re very happy to have him with us,” said Arno Lane from Vissla South Africa. “We have known James for a long time, and his great style in the water and on land, his fun personality, and obviously the fact that he rips make him the perfect rider to represent our brand. Last year we saw James blowing up at Supertubes, and everyone was very impressed with his relaxed approach when it got a bit bigger, combined with his focused rail game and air moves. James has a great future ahead of him and we’re proud to be a part of his journey.”

The 14-year-old surfer has a string of excellent results behind him in his own age group, and was recently nominated as an alternate invite to the Cell C Goodwave invitation-only surf contest at New Pier in Durban, the youngest surfer in the country to be considered for the event. Apart from winning surf tournaments, James is well traveled, having visited Indonesia many times, recently surfed the famous Donkey Bay in Namibia with last year’s 5th rated Championship Tour surfer Jordy Smith, and often heads down to Jeffreys Bay to meet the south-west swells heading up the coast from Cape Town.

James Ribbink flying high in Durban © Di Parkes

“I’m really stoked to be part of Vissla in South Africa,” said James of his new sponsorship. “It’s great that a brand like Vissla supports surfing in our country and also worldwide, and I aim to represent the brand in a positive and inspiring manner going forward. I’d also like to thank Arno and the rest of the team at Vissla for allowing me this opportunity.”

Media Release – The Truth Collective