Wife fights off four robbers

2010-08-25 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — “Kill me!?”

With these words Melanie Giezing (61), of Pongola in the north of KwaZulu-Natal, started swinging her handbag like a biblical slingshot, attacking armed robbers with little more than the bag, her bare hands and her faith.

On her own, Giezing tackled two of the thugs after they kicked and beat her husband, Hennie (65).

The four men surprised the Giezings shortly after they arrived home at about 9.45 pm last Monday.

Melanie had just put the key in the security gate when a man walked up to her with a firearm while three others, armed with knives, brought her husband from the garage.

“They wanted money and when my husband said we don’t have any, one of them hit him with the revolver. They kicked him and beat him while he was lying on the ground.

“I just started praying and asked the Lord to protect us and not to let them hurt us,” said Melanie.

When the man with the pistol told her “I’ll kill you, I’ll shoot you,” she let loose with the handbag.

The others started beating her from behind while she went down on all fours.

Once she was on her feet again, one of the men grabbed her handbag in search of money, so she tackled him with her bare hands before the others once again attacked her.

One of them stabbed her in her left thigh.

“I thought they were going to stab my husband to death. That’s why I was fighting. I get angry and I react. The Lord was with us that night. It’s a miracle and it’s only by His grace that we’re alive. With God on our side, who can be against us?” she said.

Giezing said another miracle happened when a locked door swung open, sweeping one of the robbers — who was about to unlock the security gate — off his feet.

The couple reacted quickly, ran into the house and slammed the security gate closed. They were able to close the door as well, and Hennie Giezing then phoned a neighbour, Marius Erasmus, while his wife pressed the panic button.

When Erasmus arrived at the house he found that the robbers had locked the security gate.

Out of fear that Melanie — who had already fainted after losing great deal of blood — would bleed to death, he “rammed the gate open with my shoulder”.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed the incident, and added that no arrests have been made yet.

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