Daniel Thielke was stabbed by a male wielding a knife who appeared "out of the bushes."
Thielke was waiting for a cab at about 2.00 a.m. in Plettenberg Bay when the attack occurred.
The knife that was plunged into the victim's chest barely missed his heart.
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A Cape Town matriculant visiting Plettenberg Bay for the Plett Rage student festival was stabbed three times while trying to fend off a robber snatching another festival goer's handbag.
Daniel Thielke, 19, who has just left South African College Schools, was treated in hospital for a deep stab wound to the chest, another to his collarbone area, and a deep slash to his right arm.
Thielke said yesterday he was waiting for a taxi with a girl outside the VIP Super Club - the main Plett Rage venue - at about 2am on Monday when a man "suddenly emerged from the bushes" in the industrial area.
"Before we knew it he had grabbed the girl's handbag," Thielke said.
He tried to grab the bag back but the suspect fled. "I gave chase and managed to tackle him. He got up and ran again, but I again caught up and tackled him once more. At that stage a Bitou law enforcement officer saw what was happening and intervened."
Only once the suspect was apprehended did Thielke realise he had been stabbed.
"I walked myself over to the Plett Rage medical tent at VIP Super Club where paramedics immediately assisted me."
He was taken to Plettenberg Bay Medi-Clinic. "It was a close call. I could easily have died. The stab wound to my chest just missed my heart and was about 7cm deep. The stab wound to my collarbone also just missed my main artery.
Plettenberg Bay police spokesman Lieutenant Marlene Pieterse said the 30-year-old suspect was expected to appear in court today.
Plett Rage spokesman Anthony Hinrichsen said event safety officers had been in touch with Thielke's family.
"We urge students to stay vigilant and stick in groups when out at night," he said.
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