‘We were helpless’

2014-10-29 00:00

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy opened his eyes yesterday to the sight of the long barrel of an AK47 rifle pointed at his head, when robbers broke into his Copesville home.

Three armed men kicked down the front door and held Don Reddy’s family at gunpoint while ransacking their home in the early hours of the morning. Reddy lives with his wife and two children, as well as his brother-in-law, Tyron Naidoo, and Naidoo’s wife and three children. All the children are under five years old.

Reddy said one of the men walked over to his son Caleb and, pointing a gun straight into the four-year-old’s face, told the family to keep quiet and go back to sleep.

“This has been going on in Copesville for a while. Last night we were helpless,” Reddy said.

Caleb tried to describe how he felt during the robbery.

“I was very scared. They said I must go back to sleep or they will shoot mummy. They took mummy’s shoes. Daddy said we aren’t allowed to play outside anymore,” he stuttered.

The robbers got away with cellphones, a television set, cash, shoes and even perfumes. Reddy immediately arranged to have metal bars welded across his doors in fear of future attacks.

“We didn’t have much and the little we did have is gone now.

“Life is not easy, now we must rebuild what we once had,” Naidoo said sadly.

The family said that the area is a crime hot-spot with break-ins almost every night.

“We can’t come out of our houses when it gets dark, and the children can’t play outside. When we walk home from where the taxi drops us off after work, we have to pray we get home safely,” Reddy said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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