Fanie van Rooyen
Pretoria - The brother of a well-known South African athlete
was shot in the stomach by robbers in Kliner Park, Pretoria, as he and his
family arrived home shortly after midnight on Saturday night.
As they were fleeing, the attackers stopped their victim, a police captain, to steal the shoes from his feet.
The policeman was admitted to hospital, where he had emergency surgery. By Sunday afternoon his condition was serious but stable.
His wife was beaten and kicked by the robbers, but their eight-year-old daughter, who was asleep in the car, wasn't injured.
"It's a huge shock for the family. Who knows how many people are murdered every day... I don't know what's become of this country," the victim's sister, a former Springbok athlete, said on Sunday.
Gauteng police spokesperson, Eugene Opperman, said the victim is a captain at the police's national headquarters in Pretoria. According to him, the captain's wife does not want their identities to be released.
According to the victim's sister, the couple discovered one of their dogs dead in front of their house when they arrived home. They thought it might have been attacked by their other dog, so the wife unlocked the door to look for it.
It seems the two robbers were surprised by the family's return. They jumped through a window at the back of the house and ran around to the front.
The policeman was still standing next to the dead dog when they reached the front. When he saw them he ran to his car, which was still idling, afraid that they might drive off with his sleeping daughter still on the back seat.
One of the robbers shot him in the stomach and he collapsed.
When his wife heard the shot, she locked the security gate at the front door and ran to the safe to fetch their firearm.
Meanwhile, the robbers had climbed back in through the window and assaulted her. They forced her ring from her finger and took her cellphone, before fleeing through the window yet again.
When they reached the front of the house again, they stole the wounded policeman's shoes before fleeing on foot. The car was still idling with the child inside.
"The wife and daughter are severely traumatised and don't want to be identified yet," said Opperman.
According to him, the police are investigating a case of attempted murder and armed robbery. No suspects have been arrested yet.
|Address:||Kliner Park, Pretoria|
|Crime Date/Time:||21 Feb 2010, 00:02 AM|
|Reported By:||Report A Crime|
|Reported Date:||22 Feb 2010, 10:02 AM|