‘He knocked three of my teeth out’

2012-11-06 14:59

A 20-year-old woman and her boyfriend are expected to appear in the New Hanover Magistrates’ Court after being nabbed for allegedly robbing her former employer and knocking out three of her teeth during the attack.

A car, money, a microwave and other household goods were stolen during the incident on Friday.

“I usually sleep straight after watching the news. It must have been around 8pm after Generations when I was awoken by a loud bang. My husband woke up to go and inspect what was going on.

“When I did not hear anything after that, I concluded that something must have fallen,” a still shaken Ruth Cele (73), from Mpophomeni near Pietermaritzburg, told City Press.

She later found that her 72-year-old husband, Mfanafuthi, had been beaten and tied up in the hallway.

However, their challenged adult daughter, who lives with them, was unharmed.

Cele said she screamed when she noticed an unknown man walking into her bedroom.

“He beat me up and told me to be quiet. In the process, he knocked three of my teeth out. I am black and blue all over my body.

“Until today, my husband is not well. I think this has affected his mind. I never thought something like this would happen to me in the privacy of my own home,” Cele said.

She said even though there had been two assailants, she noticed that only one person spoke. The second person had hidden behind the door until she was tied up and her eyes covered.

“The strange thing is that it is as if they knew exactly where everything was. They knew where I kept my car keys. They knew where all our valuables were hidden,” she added.

Cele claims to have fired the employee. “She used to drink and smoke in the house and used to bring unknown men (here) when we were not at home,” she said.

At the time of the robbery, Cele had withdrawn a large sum of money, which she does periodically since she feeds a school in the area through the government’s nutrition programme.

The police’s Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that two suspects, a male and a female, were arrested in Empangeni.

Jeevan, however, could not confirm whether one of the suspects was indeed a former employee of the family’s.

The two suspects were arrested after being found driving Cele’s vehicle near a service station in Empangeni.

It is believed that the tracking device in the victims’ car assisted in the speedy arrest.

Police investigations are continuing.

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