Man, dog survive attack

2013-08-07 00:00

A KINGSBURGH man and his canine best friend are reacting well to treatment after a horrific ordeal on Monday morning when both were stabbed at their home on the South Coast.

The homeowner, Dave Potgieter, who is currently in ICU, was stabbed at least 13 times by the intruders who barged into his bedroom while he and his wife, Jenny, were sleeping.

In a great act of bravery, their son, Morné (24), managed to hit one of the attackers on the back of the head with a baseball bat to fight off the men attacking his parents.

One man was on top of Potgieter and the other on Jenny. The third man, whom he did not see at the time, was standing against the wall; this man then attacked Morné.

This all happened after Morné was awakened by the scream of his mother and a commotion. The incident happened at around 2.45 am.

“All I remember is running with the bat. I think I was still half asleep,” Morné said.

Two of their Jack Russell Cross dogs were also stabbed and sadly, one, CD, who was stabbed in the side, bled to death.

But by yesterday, the dog who survived, Fred, was impatiently scratching his kennel at the vet to be let out. Fred was stabbed in the head.

Jenny visited the dog yesterday morning and said Fred was in a stable condition and seemed happy.

“He was head-butting the bars and wanted to greet me.

“He asked me to come home,” Jenny laughed.

Jenny told The Witness that after the attack, Fred was still running around sniffing and “looking for the crooks”.

Potgieter is expected to be discharged this week. The lung specialist treating him is said to be happy with his progress.

When asked how the family was doing after the ordeal, Jenny said: “I’m fine. You just have to get on with it.”

She said her son was a hero.

But Morné said his dad was the real hero as even with stab wounds he still managed to stand up and wrestle a knife out of the attacker’s hand and stabbed two intruders after they were attacking him, prompting them to flee the house.

Morné said he would not be alive if it were not for his father.

Jenny said the fact that she escaped unharmed was due to her family’s love for her.

Morné said had he not run into his parents’ bedroom when he did, it would have been another story. He said he believes the intruders were there to kill.

It is believed that the intruders jumped over the fence and gained access through an open bathroom window.

The family have counted a laptop, wallet, cellphones, leather jacket and Potgieter’s hearing aid equipment as some of the items that were stolen.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said no arrests had been made yet.

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