Dad: ‘I couldn’t be brave’

2013-11-15 00:00

THE sound of a gun being cocked struck fear into the heart of a Pelham man yesterday morning when he awoke to find robbers holding guns to his children and him.

Minnesh Jayran and his family were asleep in their home when they were awakened by men pointing guns at them.

Three men wearing blue overalls entered the Jayrans’ home in Jesmond Road at 7.15 am.

They hit the domestic worker, rounded up the family, tied them up in a room and raided the cupboards in search of a safe.

Jayran said two of the men, holding guns, woke him up and told him to keep quiet.

“They asked me where the safe was and I told them. I told them to take whatever they wanted, just please don’t hurt my children,” Jayran told The Witness.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, the men allegedly followed the family’s domestic worker into the house as she was arriving for work.

Naicker said the robbers hit the domestic worker on the head with the butt of a firearm and knocked her head against the sink in the kitchen.

They brought the battered domestic worker, and Jayran’s three children into his room. His wife was away during the time of the attack.

The robbers made them all lie on the floor and tied their hands with cable ties they had brought with them. They also covered them with blankets.

Jayran said: “When you hear the sound of a gun being cocked, it’s terrifying. I’m a brave man, but when those men were in my house, I wasn’t brave. How could you be?”

The robbers told the family that they had followed the only son, an 18-year-old, the day before.

“It makes me feel paranoid now, knowing they were following me,” said the son, who did not want to be named.

“When they woke me up, I didn’t register what was happening. One told me that he didn’t want to hurt me, they just wanted the money.”

The son will be writing his Life Science matric exam today, but feels that he will manage despite the trauma he experienced.

Jayran told the robbers the location of the safe and key. They emptied the safe of R150 000 in cash and all the jewellery. They also took two cellphones, and the son’s iPad. When told they could have the vehicles, the robbers said no, because they could be tracked.

According to Naicker, no shots were fired.

When the men had made their getaway, the son pushed the panic alarm but their security company, ADT, did not respond. The police were then called.

Martin Kriel, managing director of ADT Security East Coast region, said they did receive the panic signal from Jayran’s house, but attempts to contact the landline or cellphone were unsuccessful.

“We dispatched an armed response vehicle and our records show that it arrived at his address approximately 20 minutes later. We have met with Mr Jayran and will continue to work with him until any concerns he has are resolved,” said Kriel.

No one in the area heard anything during the attack. The next-door neighbour, who is also a family friend, was shocked to discover police cars and paramedics outside the house after the robbery.

“When I saw all the cars, I didn’t know what to think. This is so shocking, we didn’t hear anything,” said the neighbour.

“I just thank God that my family are alive. My children were very brave,” said Jayran.

“What is money? We make money every day. What is important is your life. Once that is gone, you can’t get it back.”

• annzra.naidoo@witness,co,za

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