Boy thought shot dad was sleeping

2012-06-07 08:42
Sergeant Bruwer Smit, who was shot dead in front of his son near Pretoria. (Beeld)

Sergeant Bruwer Smit, who was shot dead in front of his son near Pretoria. (Beeld)

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Pretoria - A 10-year-old boy saw how his father was shot dead by two men who then stole their bicycles in Hercules, Pretoria, on Tuesday.

reported that the boy ran down the Mabopane highway and told a woman who stopped, “I think my daddy is just sleeping.”

But Sergeant Bruwer Smit, 35, from the Lyttleton police station, had been shot dead.

The police sergeant and his son had been cycling near the Zandfontein cemetery when they were attacked.

One of the first people on the scene said telling the boy that his father was dead was a horrible experience.

“It was the worst thing that I ever had to do - to tell him you are now without a father. To see his face was heartbreaking,” said Hennie van Rooyen.

“No child deserves to see how he loses his parent.”

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