Robbed man hires guard

2014-08-19 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man says he is paying for private security for peace of mind, after he and his wife were attacked in their complex.

Three criminals, one armed, had broken into Hassan Mea’s home in a secure complex in the city centre.

Mea and his wife were asleep at the time.

For 20 minutes, the home invaders threatened them with violence demanding money, gold and guns, and ransacked their house.

Mea said despite its many days since they were robbed, police have not done a proper investigation to try to solve the crime.

“They have not reported any progress they have made in this case and I am very disappointed,” he said.

Mea said he had temporarily appointed a security guard so that his wife can have some peace of mind until the body corporate makes a decision on improving security in the complex.

He said he can’t live like this, but had to do something to comfort his wife, who was badly shaken by the experience.

“It was terrifying to be awoken from sleep with a torch shining in your face by armed men,” he said.

Mea said he was lucky to be alive.

“I thank God … It is fortunate that they did not do more; it could have been much worse … My wife is still very traumatised.”

Three men broke into his house at around 1 am after gaining access through a neighbouring property.

“In my house, they forced open the window and the burglar bars. We were asleep and did not hear anything.”

Mea said they woke up when the home invaders barged into the bedroom.

“We were woken up by the torch being shone in our eyes. For a few seconds it did not occur to us that we were being attacked.”

After ransacking the house and stealing their possessions and cash, the home invaders tied them up with shoe laces and extension cords and for 30 minutes he and his wife tried to free themselves.

He said after freeing themselves, they rushed to the Alexandra Road police station where they received another shock.

“We were told that they did not have a van …

“The flying squad guys and those from fingerprints came within two hours.”

He said he was disappointed by the state of the country and the constant increase in crime levels.

“All citizens should be vigilant.”

The police did not respond to a request for comment.


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