SA farmer shot dead in Egypt

2011-06-10 11:31

A grape farmer from Klawer in the Western Cape was shot dead in an AK47 assault rifle attack in Egypt.

André le Roux (56) was shot dead on Wednesday by two men on a dirt road on a farm near Belbeis, about 50km from the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Wietz Botes from the export company Dole SA, who was on a business trip in the country with Le Roux, was wounded in the incident.

The Egyptian driver of their car was wounded in the hand. Another passenger was unhurt.

Le Roux died on the way to the hospital, said Botes.Mistaken for Americans Albie Laubscher, acting chief director of consular services in Pretoria, said the South Africans were possibly mistaken for Americans.

Efforts are now being made to bring Le Roux’s remains back to South Africa.

Le Roux arrived in Egypt on Monday and he and Botes would have returned home together yesterday.

Botes said they were heading back to their hotel from a warehouse when a motorbike carrying two men blocked their car and refused to give way.

“I knew there was trouble when I saw the AK47s,” he said.

The driver started reversing and the men started firing at them. Botes tried to hide under the dashboard with his head between his legs.

“I felt something hit my shoulder but was too scared to look up. Another bullet flew over me and hit André in the chest.

The car overturned but the attackers, whose faces were covered, kept on shooting.

Le Roux is survived by his wife, Christa, and three sons, André, Abrie and Chris.

Policing vacuum A South African who works in the security industry in Egypt told Erika Gibson that since the police were disbanded in February following the Egyptian revolution, a policing vacuum had developed in the country.

A considerable number of police weapons also came into circulation.

Several of the police weapons warehouses were looted after the police, who were under the control of former president Hosni Mubarak, were disbanded.

According to this South African, who prefers to remain anonymous due to the nature of his work, there was a similar incident about three weeks ago not far from the American embassy.

An American diplomat was stopped by armed robbers with AK47s and robbed of a significant amount of money.

–Beeld/News24

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