Fight-back: elderly farmer’s wife shames and beats home invaders, foils robbery bid

2009-10-20 00:00

AN elderly woman hit back at a robber who attacked her and her husband on their farm near Ladysmith as they returned from church on Sunday. The other robber turned out to be a remorseful Christian who returned her belongings when she took him to task.

Seventy-three-year-old Sina Boshoff reacted quickly when she saw a robber had pinned her 76-year-old husband, Willie, to the ground and was pummelling his head. She took Willie’s walking stick and hit the robber over the head until he ran away.

Speaking to The Witness, Willie Boshoff said he is proud of his wife’s bravery. “She saved my life.”

He said the drama began when they arrived back at their farmhouse. They noticed some of the windows had been broken. The next minute two men came crawling out the house through one of the broken windows.

“One challenged me and the other went for my wife. He pushed me over and kept hitting me with his fists as I lay on the ground. The man who challenged my wife took her cellphone and her watch. But she told him that we were Christians and he said he was also a Christian. She asked him why he was doing this to old people if he was a Christian, so he returned her belongings and let her go.”

But Boshoff said his wife then turned on his attacker, picking up his walking stick and hitting the man over the head “a couple of times” until he fled.

He said they asked the Christian robber to help them catch his accomplice, but he also fled.

When they went into the farmhouse they saw that a lot of their belongings had been packed in bags to be removed.

Boshoff said they are recovering and that he consulted a doctor, while his wife is very nervous after the incident.

KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (KwaNalu) security desk manager Koos Marais commended the couple for being alert and spotting that the house had been broken into before they entered.

He said the story could have been different had they entered the house without realising someone was inside.

Marais congratulated local farmers who came to the couple’s aid immediately and arrested one suspect.

“We are concerned that Besters police took an unacceptably long time to respond to get to the scene; KwaNalu still regrets that commando-type reaction units were shut down.”

Police spokesman Inspector Nirvan Sibran confirmed the incident.

Captain Jacobs of Besters police said the Ladysmith dog unit attended immediately, but his only vehicle was out attending to a cyclist who had been knocked down.

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