Hired hand saves shot pastor's life

2013-03-25 09:32
Johan Rademeyer (Beeld)

Johan Rademeyer (Beeld)

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Pretoria - A pastor from Pretoria is lucky to be alive after a man he hired off the street to do garden work saved his life.

The man, who was not identified, carried a shot and bleeding Reverend Johan Rademeyer over his shoulder down a mountain to get help on a highway, reported Beeld.

Rademeyer, 47 is fellow pastor at the Pinkster Protestant Church in Roseville, Pretoria.

The pastor and his helper were picking up rocks for Rademeyer’s garden when they were overpowered by two armed men who tied them up and demanded Rademeyer’s bank card and cellphone.

One of the men shot Rademeyer in the thigh.

While one of the armed men went off to draw money with the stolen card, the other stayed with the tied up men.

‘Covered in blood’


Rademeyer convinced the man to untie his feet and was able to kick the robber who fired two shots at him but the gun jammed.

The hired helper managed to free himself and take the gun from the other armed man, passed it to Rademeyer and yelled at him to shoot the other man.

The robber ran off.  

The hired hand then picked up Rademeyer, who had become weak from blood loss, and carried him down to the Mabopane highway where a motorist eventually stopped and called Rademeyer’s wife, Elsabé, who rushed to the scene.

“It was terrible. Johan was covered in blood and lying in the road. He wouldn’t have made it on his own without that worker,” said a crying Elsabé on Monday.

Rademeyer was taken to hospital and admitted to the high care unit.

He is in a stable condition.

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