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I will kill you, robber tells woman, 70

2012-07-20 08:43

Pretoria - A 70-year-old woman was attacked by a man looking for a job as she stood watering her garden.

Zia Erasmus told Beeld how the man held a knife against her throat and told her: “Today I will fucking kill you, you white bitch”.

The man ran away when Erasmus’s husband Des, 82, pressed the panic button.

Thanks to the quick actions of the community and a security guard, the man was arrested shortly afterwards.

Erasmus told how the well-dressed man came up to her asking for work and when she said no, he asked for some water.

She turned to walk into the house and the next moment he jumped on top of her and tried to rip her pearl necklace from her throat.

He also threw her against the vacuum cleaner and twisted the cord around her neck.

He tried to stab her husband but missed and the husband was able to press the panic button, causing the robber to flee.

Comments
  • mark.govender.94 - 2012-07-20 08:52

    damn, now that's a big blade!!! lucky escape. they always pick the elderly . . .wankers.

  • justin.palmer.5095 - 2012-07-20 08:55

    as usual, targeting the aged. cowardly b*stards.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-20 08:57

    I will hurt someone like this real bad if they try such a stunt with me >:(

      Erna - 2012-07-20 09:14

      Yes, but they won't do it to someone who is able to defend themselves because they are cowards!

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-20 09:00

    Bail of R1000.00 and out on the streets again!! How little life means these days!

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-07-20 09:00

    Always the case, picking on the elderly & defenseless. Attack someone your own size and come with no weapons and see what will happen. Cowards!!!

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-20 09:03

    HANG THE STINKING FILTHY DIRTY SAVAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • serena.johnston.7 - 2012-07-20 09:03

    Wow what a brave man, attacking old people! Frikken coward!!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-20 09:04

    This is a reflexion of the sad state of this country every day in the news. Black on White, they call it crime yes it is but only from one side. Do you see this other way around?

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-07-20 09:06

    these brave comrades will always pick on the elderly , women and children. Cowardice is hard-wired into their genes!!!

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-20 10:16

      Maybe not, but......There are many " comrades " who are criminals. Not so !

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-07-20 09:07

    So awful..what can one do to stop all this unnecessary crime?!!

      Michael - 2012-07-20 09:31

      Tandi, did you see the movie "Man on Fire"? - a classic line from that film spoken by the mother of the kidnapped child and readily applicable for us, "Kill them, kill them all"

  • Joe - 2012-07-20 09:13

    no mention of racism in this article, but if a white attacks a black, every second word written is "racism"...

      willem.dupreez.501 - 2012-07-20 09:56

      If a white defend himself its racism

      robynnekim.els - 2012-07-20 10:46

      Actually I think that the fact that the guy said to her" Today I will kill you you WHITE bitch" kinda does bring race into it and I think it makes it pretty clear that the attacker was NOT white!

      Lawrence Meyer - 2012-07-20 16:50

      I think another reason he would call her a 'white bitch' is merely to intimidate and strike fear into his victim for them to submit. By him going on and wrapping a cord around her neck takes it to another level, had it been my family, he would have had 2 bullets in him

  • Jacques - 2012-07-20 09:14

    COWARD! Rip his balls off and burn his thighs with white-hot iron.

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-07-20 09:15

    Now its articles like these that make me shout 'BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!" KN RUBBISH oxygen thief

      john.wiggill - 2012-07-24 19:44

      How about PUBLIC execution, that may make the potential murderer think twice.

  • robynnekim.els - 2012-07-20 09:17

    I really think we need to rally for the death penalty to be brought back and for prison inmates to have to do hard labour. There is no real consequences to any crime these days. If this guy is put in prison he will have a bed to sleep on and three meals a day. All paid for by the tax payers!

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-20 09:57

      I agree wit you, our prisons look like hotels,some criminals would commite crime immeditely after release so as to go back again. Coming to the death sentence issue, all of us naively call for it to be re-instated. I support that call too. However in order to get there...we will have to amend the supreme law of the republic..the constitution. The constitution, under the bill of rights clearly says that EVERYONE HAS GOT RIGHT TO LIFE. It also says all laws that are in contrast to it shall be deemed invalid since the constitution is the supreme law of the republic. So please dont ask about the life of the deceased victims. If we want to have death penalty back, then we must change the constitution and be prepared to live with a constitution that says everybody has right to life except,murderers,rapists ,robbers etc.

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-20 09:57

      I agree wit you, our prisons look like hotels,some criminals would commite crime immeditely after release so as to go back again. Coming to the death sentence issue, all of us naively call for it to be re-instated. I support that call too. However in order to get there...we will have to amend the supreme law of the republic..the constitution. The constitution, under the bill of rights clearly says that EVERYONE HAS GOT RIGHT TO LIFE. It also says all laws that are in contrast to it shall be deemed invalid since the constitution is the supreme law of the republic. So please dont ask about the life of the deceased victims. If we want to have death penalty back, then we must change the constitution and be prepared to live with a constitution that says everybody has right to life except,murderers,rapists ,robbers etc.

      6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-20 14:38

      @ Thobile Lugwadu - My view is that everyone has a right to life. Each person on this lump of dirt we live on. BUT when you take away someone else's right to life by MURDERING them, you automatically forfeit yours. Why should your right to life be recognized if you dont recognize the same right belongs to other people too? If you rape someone, you have stolen any chance ata normal life that person will have. they will learn to live with it in time, but they will be shattered forever. You had no respect for their right to not be violated and you have proved your sexual organs to be a violent weapon. Remove it. Cut it off. It is being used to cause harm and violate peoples rights, so take it away. When you are a child and your parents tell you dont do that, why do you listen? because the consequenses are real and severe if you disobey. You obey out of fear of what will happen to you if you dont. Why should this be different for criminals? IF YOU VIOLATE SOMEONE ELSE"S RIGHTS YOU SHOULD AUTIMATICALLY FORFEIT YOURS.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-20 14:52

      I am behind you 100% -Hard Labour -Death Penalty -No luxuries(cigarettes,music,cwellphones come to mind) -No family visits -end animal experiments we have no shortage of murderers,rapists,peadophiles,gangsters,hijackers,drugdealers etc. - severe and harsh cruelty and discipline at hands of wardens Than watch the crime rate plummet, however unfortunately the criminal has more rights than a law abiding citizen, that's why its a joke to these sick thugs because they not afraid to flaunt their human rights. We need leaders like you to make the law not something to be laughed at. The DA wont do this neither will the ANC, it's time for a new regime that cherishes the safety and welfare of all it's citizens regardless of ethnicity.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-20 09:17

    yet whites are blamed for being racist, was his comment not just that?

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-20 09:18

    I am sure that poor old Apartheid will get the blame for this atrosity. Why not, it gets the blame for everything else that goes wrong on this planet? Glad hubby could get to the panic button in time.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-07-20 09:18

    They gonna say there's not enough evidence to tie him to the crime.... SMH

  • Monster Monti - 2012-07-20 09:19

    The Lord did not produce this breed

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-20 09:22

    Erna, you are so right, all it will do is give a false sence of Hope.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-20 09:24

    Racist scum! They should use that same vacuum chord and hang him with it.

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-07-20 10:40

      Its commen sense, use your two brain cells and think.

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-20 11:09

      Msendi The ???? called her a white bitch . Is that not being racist.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-20 09:29

    wow, this dude sounds like ANC member material - they are just as big a bunch of cowards as he is.

  • nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-07-20 09:32

    Nxxxxx!Sick fool who takes advantage of the weak! Let him rot in prison and face the music!

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-20 14:56

      Prison is to good for him Nompulelo.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-20 10:01

    God help them if they try that with me, I always keep my dogs running free in the yard, and all of them will attack anyone that trys to get in, Free meat for the month and the bones will be dumped at the nearest landfill. Bastards just try, I will not stop my animals from attacking no matter if you are a begger, rapist, or a policeman, no one is safe if they attempt to get at me or my family. Dog meat, and my dogs will enjoy.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:54

      CarolynDewrance, I hope no one comes collecting at your door.

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-20 10:03

    yes ANC, this is what you create in the minds of your people.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-20 10:14

      Msendi, don't insult our intelligence, we alllllllllllll know full well that leaders & members of the ANC have not only condoned this racist intolerance, but actually inspired & fuled it, from Zuma & Malema singing shoot the boer, to blatant intolerant racist remarks from prominent ANC leader, don't come here with your bloody tendencies.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-20 10:18

      Well said nigel.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 10:07

    I don't understand, the community had him, and they handed him over?? What's next, he'll get bail whilst we wait 5yrs for his case to be finalized! What do you think he is going to be doing for five years?? Working in some factory and picking up his kids from school??

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-20 10:20

      Our communities have evolved somewhat from the sense of mob justice mentality that prevails in other communities. So no, we tend not to indulge in mob killings and so forth.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-20 10:38

      Got a bit emotional there! I just feel for the elderly going through such experiences in their peaceful ages!! There's hardly any published reports but it's taking place in the rural areas on a daily basis!! The situation is out of hand!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-20 11:13

      No Lennin you are correct. He wil get bail and whene finaly on appearance in court the case wil be dismised for lack of evedence

      6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-20 14:45

      @ Rob.baggaley... thats a pity, because people like that deserve to be permanently removed from the planet. These monsters know our communities dont perform our own mob justice as other communities do so they don't fear coming into our homes and entereing our properties to massacre us. Perhaps a little mob justice is just what we need, and when the cops ask questions, then we all plead ignorance.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-20 10:10

    ANC inspired racist hatred

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-20 10:16

    The husband is lucky he never harmed the scum, else he would be the one arrested. Damn joke we have for law in this country...

  • Jacques - 2012-07-20 10:20

    and these crimes are not racially motivated?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-07-20 13:16

      age motivated. Many elderly black people are also victims of crime. More so as they have no security measures or panic buttons..

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-20 14:59

      It's only too obvious. But all crime regardless of its motivation should be met with harsh and draconian retribution.

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-07-20 10:34

    Eish, i hate this, i was once surrounded by three guys all carrying knives, and they demanded money, what a nightmare, but sumhow i managed to escape unharmed, Thank God, now plz make our streets safe , hey u thugs look yourself in the mirro before attack sumone

  • carol.brand.5030 - 2012-07-20 12:26

    He attacked a 70 year old woman and her 82 year old husband! how pitiful to pick on such soft targets. You sir are a Black biaatch! I hope you get what you deserve eventually. You are a coward. i am so very glad that you did not get away with yet another senseless killing of white people (old white people) by a Black person.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-20 12:46

    A future leader of this country, no doubt.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-07-20 15:34

    They should just hang the robber, and get it over with. By doing so, it will be a lesson to the other robbers out there. Hang him...

  • courtnaymurphy - 2012-07-20 16:23

    "A policeman shows the knife that a robber used to try and rob Zia and Des Erasmus. (Beeld)" why is the policeman in casual clothes??

  • lucky.mathibela - 2012-07-21 06:37

    this is disgusting,shame on this robber,its things like him that make SA look bad.bt glad hs behind bars.sure theres alot of inmates that need to keep warm at night.hpe he gets it good.

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-07-24 12:25

    The last f'cker that came over my wall is still running.

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-07-24 13:30

    Keep a Tiger in your Yard.. They will never even try to get in.!!! Yes a TIGER ...

  • Krishna - 2012-07-24 18:17

    Disgusting,typical. Lets see how much jail time he does- hopefully as long as the victims emotional scars remain! Hope he meets some 'nice guy' on the inside who preys on him the way he did on the helpless.

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-07-24 19:50

    Sorry to say but don't give jobs to anyone and don't entertain any beggars. It's the only way to be safe.

  • jonathan.seagul.5 - 2012-07-25 14:53

    Tutu's rainbow nation my ass. They want the whites dead- end of story and don't be fooled by the ANC polititians.

  • lhenama - 2012-08-27 10:34

    dogggg

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