A blind Pretoria Moot resident who fell into a storm water channel on Friday was not only bruised and dazed, but also robbed of his belongings, Pretoria Rekord reports.
41-year-old Abrie Geldenhuys, who was born with an eye disease that causes vision loss, was on his way to a local restaurant when he misjudged the corner of the channel, and slipped and fell into it.
Geldenhuys has only 1% sight in his right eye, and 2% in his left.
“Fortunately I did not sustain any serious injuries, just a few bruises on my knee and back,” he told Rekord this week.
He said he was not familiar with the area, having been housesitting over the weekend.
After falling into the channel, a passerby helped get a disorientated Geldenhuys out.
But while he was making his way back to the home he was looking after, two unknown men stopped Geldenhuys and asked if they could assist him.
Knowing he was blind, Geldenhuys says one of the men then unzipped his backpack and stole his phone and his wallet