March 12 2009 at 01:37PM
By Natasha Prince
"They're attacking me. I've been shot. You need to come now!"
Those were the words that greeted John Clements on Wednesday when he answered a call from his wife, Christine, after she had been shot by robbers near Du Noon when she stopped to check her tyres on the N7 highway.
Christine Clements, who was shot in the stomach, on Wednesday underwent surgery at Milnerton Medi-Clinic to remove the bullet from her torso. She was in a stable condition on Thursday morning.
'She realised this could be a problem and quickly got back in the car'
Her husband relayed the story of how their lives were turned upside down on Wednesday, all because his wife thought she might have a flat tyre.
John Clements said his wife, a 48-year-old pharmacist in Atlantis, told him she had pulled over to the side of the road because her car was pulling to the left.
She told him she first drove a short distance past the Du Noon informal settlement to an area where several workers were standing on the roadside. She believed she would be safer if she stopped there.
She said she then ran quickly around the vehicle, checking the tyres. She was approached by two men as she made the quick turn around her car. "She realised this could be a problem and quickly got back in the car," he said.
But the robbers got into a fight with his wife. They fired a single shot through the side window of the car.
They also snatched her cellphone, her pharmacy notebook and her cigarettes before fleeing the scene. That was when Christine Clements called her husband for help.
Milnerton police spokesperson Inspector Daphne Dell said they were investigating charges of attempted murder and robbery.
This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Argus on March 12, 2009