Elderly man fights off, kills attacker

2013-03-06 09:41

Bloemfontein - Residents of Upington in the Northern Cape have been rocked by a brutal attack on an elderly couple in their farmhouse.

Albert Strauss, 81, and his wife Chrissie, 72, were injured on Monday evening when a man attacked them in their home on their farm which is about 20km outside the town, Volksblad reported.

Despite being seriously injured, Strauss managed to shoot and kill the attacker.

The couple’s son, Johan, said the attacker presumably entered through the back door of the farmhouse while his mother was busy in the scullery, and then hid in the study.

Kicked, beaten

His mother apparently became suspicious as the couple’s dog had been on edge the whole evening. She was about to call for help in the kitchen when the man attacked her.

She screamed and her husband, who was already in bed, rushed to help her.

The attacker kicked the couple and beat them with a stick but Strauss fought back, wrestling with the attacker and ending up in the main bedroom where the robber broke off a piece of the cupboard door and assaulted him with this.

Strauss fell and injured his hand but managed to grab his pistol and fired shots at the attacker, who was hit in the neck and killed.

The couple then called their son, who lives about 10km from his parents.

“At first I thought she was making a joke and I asked her if she was sure, but I could immediately hear in her voice that something terrible had happened. It’s wrong that something like this should happen to two elderly people. It shouldn’t be like this,” said Johan Strauss.

The couple were both admitted to hospital and are in a stable condition.

  • Alan - 2013-03-06 09:44

    Give that man a bells!

      Steven Melville Armour - 2013-03-06 09:57

      Here here.We need more action taken like this.The blerry thug deserved what he got.Well done sir on protecting your wife and yourself.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-03-06 09:58

      GO OUPA!!!!!

      zmasemola1 - 2013-03-06 10:14

      Make that a double.

      FreeThinker - 2013-03-06 10:32

      this is how it's done, but in all likelihood this poor man will now have to prove it's self-defence.

      Itumeleng Mogaki - 2013-03-06 10:37

      Second scum in two days killed dead and removed from the surface of the earth. Thumbs up Oom Albert. Speedy recovery for you and your wife.

      Craig Johnston - 2013-03-06 10:48

      And the anti-gun campaigners have been shut up once again!!! This couple would be dead if he didn't have a gun and would not have been able to remove this scumbag and his useless life from our beautiful country! Well done for being able to protect your family...unfortunately many are not afforded this opportunity :(

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-06 10:51

      Would be nice to hear the Anti Gun brigade's comments..

      Anton - 2013-03-06 10:54

      Yes, but now he's going to be prosecuted

      Gavin Green - 2013-03-06 10:57

      Give that man the whole case of bells!, and a bottle of mampoer mixed with pee for the d0os that gave you the thumbs down!!!

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-03-06 11:14

      Anton get a life.

      Mable Jacobs - 2013-03-06 11:16

      Whoever keeps giving thumb downs, I hope they break into your home and you can't fight them off..Well done Oupa, hats off to ya!!

      ColinShephard - 2013-03-06 13:30

      The thumbs down are from gun free sa members who are mourning the passing of another one of their friends.

  • jason.mcdonahugh - 2013-03-06 09:46

    hells yes! well done!

  • PB - 2013-03-06 09:47

    So ANC, what do you say now - does Henke Pistorius have a point regarding the prevalence of attacks on whites? Very glad that the Strauss couple is relatively fine. Good on you Mr Strauss!

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-03-06 09:56

      They should be forced to comment on this the bastards

      Stefan Vosloo - 2013-03-06 10:00

      Why would they Tsepo, they can't play the race card because it did not take on their authority directly.

      Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:06

      Tsepo for president.

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-03-06 10:19

      The anc had their chances.. Let's stand together and see them get a proper beating in the next elections.

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2013-03-06 10:34

      Nee Kobie the oupa for President

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-03-06 10:39

      @Charles.. Yes the ANC is to blame.. Let's say you are in power Charles. Will you just sit and let stuff like this happen or will you take action? From your comment I'm now sure you'll just sit and let it be. PB also did not mention Reeva. You will also distance yourself if people start to attach your family in the media

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-03-06 11:05

      @Charles. You're right. It affects us all. We must get help from countries that deals better with this and has crime more under control. Learn from them, get the right people that's not just there to be on the payroll but that will be accountable to show progress on a weekly basis or they get booted.

      liz.rudy.3 - 2013-03-06 11:10

      @ PB whites are not the only ones being attacked and affected by crime. We have enough people polarising our society, we really do not need more.

      PB - 2013-03-06 12:29

      @Charles - Compared to other murders, the numbers of attacks on farmers (mostly older white people) are way out of control. So yes, farm murders do deserve more attention from the government. Because they are mostly old and far from other neighbours, farmers are sitting ducks. The ANC just pretends that it is not happening. And no, I did not mention Reeva because that whole issue is not what I am talking about - I refered to Henke's point about the fact that especially whites are being targeted because of the perceived notion that there would be lots to steal from them. @Liz - you are right, whites aren't the only ones being killed, it just seems that we are more targeted.

      LizK - 2013-03-06 12:57

      You can't use just this one example as absolute proof. What about all the other people (white AND black) who were murdered or raped on that same day? Just because it is not reported in the media does not mean it didn't happen - I doubt that this elderly couple were the only people attacked that day. That's like me saying that all men are rapists- and then in the newspaper tomorrow I read of a rape committed by a man, and oh well what do you know? Since this one man raped someone that MUST mean that I am correct.

      Lucia Lwazi Ntuli - 2013-03-06 15:00

      Tshepo, even in the apartheid regime there was crime - they didn't get rid of it but they tried to control it. The issue is not so much about the ruling party but rather the heart of men...

  • Alain Regnard - 2013-03-06 09:48

    does this prove Oscar Prestorius dad RIGHT???

      Fullmoon Up - 2013-03-06 10:05

      No!, as crime has no preferance over skin colour. the elderly, black, white and others are being attacked everywhere by cowardly thugs and chancers.

      Sean Efstratiou - 2013-03-06 10:33

      to be fair Oscars dad basically took on the ANC saying the government can't protect the people ... The ANC then came back and said it was racist.

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2013-03-06 10:43

      No I don't think so. Believe me what you read in the news is nothing compared to what we go through everyday in most Townships. Recently a friend of mine was incarcerated for knocking down a criminal in his own yard. There is no protection at all as the place is so disserted and far away from the police station.

      Mike Jones - 2013-03-06 10:44

      Now if the guy had left out the word white from his statement, then I would agree with you. I think that all SAns deserve to be protected by their government and it would appear that the majority of SAns are not.

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-06 10:46

      No it doesn't prove Oscar's dad is right. What it boils down to is that most farms are still owned by whites - and the farms get attacked because they're easy, isolated targets. It diesn't matter whether farmers are black or white.....they need to protect themselves from opportunist thugs better than they are doing.

      marc.klynhans - 2013-03-06 10:51

      No... Assuming the attacker wasn't white, violence was inflicted on him too, so he wasn't protected and thus violence knows no colour. (Just posing an argument that's likely to be made by someone who's not white and doesn't like whites)

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-06 11:33

      Kenny, the obvious example is what happened in Zim in the 70's and 80's when Zim farmers (then mostly white) were faced with a terrorist insurgency. They strengthened their compounds and were on a radio net connected to each other and the local police station. Considering the number of attacks on farms here, that's what I'm suggesting farmers should do.....

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-03-06 13:00

      No Oscar did not live alone on a farm. He was in a High Security Gated Complex with Guards. No excuse for having so many guns. Also no one hid in his pantry only the toilet !

      Willem De Jager - 2013-03-06 13:32

      You crack me up Jeremy, you do know what has happened to Zimbabwean farms since the glory days of the CB radio in the 70's and 80's, don't you? Why didn't you suggest pepper spray too?

      denis.gomo - 2013-03-06 13:52

      @Jeremy.Thorpe....Thanks for explaining it the way it is. Crime is color blind. All people are affected by crime. Rather blame it on the media who are not doing enough to report on crimes taking place in townships and rural areas making it seem as if criminal only attack whites. Just take a day off and go to township police station and check the crime stats. You'll be shocked.

  • Hemlock - 2013-03-06 09:49

    Well done......81 years old, wow. Shoot the bastards and make sure your aim is good. Hats off to you Sir.

  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-06 09:51

    Yes, let's have an official statement about this. Let us also have clarity on how safe South Africa really is.

  • SharonE - 2013-03-06 09:51

    The possibility of this happening to anyone, anytime is so very real. I don't blame people for becoming paranoid, especially as the government offers no protection in any manner to its citizens. WTG Mr Strauss, you did good, and protected yourself and your wife. The robber thought you were a soft target...

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2013-03-06 10:57

      Agree But the problem now is that they will not let me have a gun to protect myself and that makes me a soft target. I can't even drive around my place with my Velocity anymore because some stupid thugs feel more entitled to it than me. Can somebody please help I really need a Gun

      anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-03-06 12:51

      @mpho.kgakwakandlovu : Install NETSTAR or TRACKER / similar in your car with a panic button. Drawing a gun from a holster while you are seated in the car is extraordinary difficult and awkward - it won't work: hijackers by your window have the advantage and in most cases appear too quickly at your car window for you to do anything. And ANY car is a target - if it has wheels they may want it just to get away from another crime that they were involved in earlier on. Apply/re-apply for your firearm licence but decide beforehand you are going to keep it at home for you and your family's safety. The exception is when one travels long distances on roads with little traffic. Remember one is tired after a long day's work and you won't be thinking about getting hijacked in your driveway, the problem is that that's all that the hijackers think about all day long and most are on drugs which makes them even more dangerous and violent in a confrontation. If you feel something is not right when you want to leave for work in the morning look around carefully first BEFORE just opening your driveway gate - time it so you don't have pedestrians on top of you when you pull out of the driveway. The same applies when you get close to home: look around for pedestrians loitering about - drive around the block if they are going to arrive at your gate at the same time as you - if the problem persists rather summons help BEFORE just stopping at your gate.

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2013-03-06 13:25

      Thanks a lot guys will surely take your advise

      denis.gomo - 2013-03-06 13:58

      @Anakin.Skyvader: Good advice...To Mpho, the Velocity is a favourite of criminals. Just buy a Hyundai Accent or some other car that doesn't appeal to criminals.

  • barry.mcdonald.773 - 2013-03-06 09:51

    Oh well done!

  • mhla.nombembe - 2013-03-06 09:51

    At least the old man managed to remove one trouble maker in our country . . Get well soon Gogo and Madala!!!

      jako.merwe - 2013-03-06 10:00

      Preach my brother!!!

      Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:08

      Now I have a problem. Mhla or Tsepo for president.

  • Dave Kofang - 2013-03-06 09:52

    Well done old man.Keep up the good job.

  • Stephan Butler - 2013-03-06 09:52

    Good stuff every citizen in this country should follow this example. If an intruder breaks into ur house and wants to rob and attack u just shoot the because every one should protect themselfs coz governmet can't and don't want to protect its citizens.

  • Tersia Louw - 2013-03-06 09:52

    Monday, Susan Pohl in Tzaneen, yesterday, Albert Strauss in Upington. Watch out, bad guys, the victims are fighting back!

      joanne.wroblewski - 2013-03-06 12:23

      What do we learn from this? Get a gun :)

  • Kobus Erasmus - 2013-03-06 09:52

    Excellent work !

  • Karl van Rooyen - 2013-03-06 09:53

    Boy oh boy its hard living like this in south Africa . Wonder what the outside world thinks of this place ?

  • Stanley Mabunda - 2013-03-06 09:53

    well...well done

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-03-06 09:54

    Way to go grandpa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-03-06 09:55

    Great news!! Well done. Just sad that the cowards attack old people

  • Graham Jehoma - 2013-03-06 09:57

    now 0scar look and learn.....that's how its mess no fuss..... plant hom oompie

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-06 09:58

    The old man deserves a medal. Well done and hope you both get well very soon.

  • Chris Engels - 2013-03-06 09:58

    Good, more of the bastards must be killed as the police is useless

  • ohattingh - 2013-03-06 09:59

    I believe South Africans are taking the "law" into their own hands... and rightly so too!!!

      Bradley Kecskes - 2013-03-06 10:28

      join your local CPF today! Friday nights can get interesting!

  • Emmanuel Roodt - 2013-03-06 09:59

    Stand up for your rights. great work old man!

  • arc.con.98 - 2013-03-06 10:00

    "Gun free SA" ? Does this and yesterday's story answer the question?

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-06 10:01

    Well done Mr Strauss for fighting of the attacker and putting him where he belongs.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-03-06 10:02

    Nice shot!!

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-03-06 10:03

    Maybe it is this kind of threat that Henke Pretorius had in mind when he said we need our firearms for self protection.

      Erich Goosen - 2013-03-06 10:03

      Sorry - Pistorius.

      nicholas.lourens - 2013-03-06 10:18


  • Jimmy Don - 2013-03-06 10:05

    Well done sir, you truly are a hero and I sincerely hope this serves as a example for other would be attackers/murderers

      jeremy002 - 2013-03-06 11:58

      Yes, well done. You most probably exchanged traditional wedding vows when you married your wife, which will have included, directly or indirectly, a vow to always be there for her in all circumstances and protect her. You have done this with distinction, sir, and protected your own life as well. I salute you. I offer my condolences to the family of the dead intruder, but he made his choices and paid the price.

  • Emmanuel Roodt - 2013-03-06 10:05

    Where are the day when people in the old Phalaborwa were given R1 rifles to protect themselves. Need to bring that back, give every white and black farmer an R1 or R4 rifle ot two

      Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:14

      Remember the comando system, that was disbanded the ANC came into power. Remember the promisses of an alternative system. Remember it is nearly 20 years later, +- 4000 farmers killed and no alternative system. Mr. Pistorius is absolutely right.

      TC - 2013-03-06 10:55

      Kobie, You are absolutely correct. The facts are correct. The damn ANC wanted to leave farmers defenseless! Let the WORLD MEDIA take note of the truth.

  • boyisilestya.mafilika1 - 2013-03-06 10:07

    Well done tata.

      Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:15

      I give up, anothe candidate for president.

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-06 10:07

    The old man deserves a medal. Hope you both recover soon.

  • RAMZITO - 2013-03-06 10:07

    Crime happens anywhere and to anyone at anytime, and has no colour. Please stop it with this race cards.

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-06 10:15

      True that. But there is a difference. This shows signs of genocide. Same thing happened in Kenya ( Google Mau-mau ). History has a tendency to repeat itself, and this is africa after all, same crap has happened in allot of countries here.

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-06 10:50

      Sorry Jaco, but I think you're wrong. As I said a bit earlier, farms are easy targets. It just happens that most farms are still owned by whites - but I think it's up to every farmer to insitute better protection. If I can put in burglar bars, alarms and a palisade fence, why can't they? Plus maybe a local radio connection to neighbouring farms and the nearest police station.......

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-03-06 10:55

      Jeremy, Because most farmers can't afford to put in all that stuff. Farming is a hard life..

      MrGrumpy - 2013-03-06 10:57

      Jeremy, there used to be a system in place to protect farmers (commandos) but the ANC disbanded it.

      TC - 2013-03-06 10:59

      Jeremy, are you saying that the farmers must institute better protection because the ANC removed the system that was in place to protect them? If so, then it also means they must arm themselves in the wake of ANC failure to protect them? Then Oscar's dad was 100% correct! Wow!

      Craven Luyt - 2013-03-06 11:07

      Jeremy speak to ANY criminologist, mutilation and torture indicate hate crimes, thieves want to get out as quick as possible. Open your peepers!!!

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-06 11:38

      To Sylvia, Grumpy, TC and Craven, yes, I think farmers have every right to arm themselves given their isolation. Sylvia, to suggest that farmers can't afford to fortify their farmhouses like most urban-dwellers is just silly! And yes, I know about the commandos - and I agree it was stupid to disband them. But having been disbanded, it really is up to farmers to get pro-active and protect themselves! Craven Oscar's dad was wrong because he played the race card. Not all farmers are white.

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-06 11:39

      Sorry, my last comment was for TC, not Craven.

  • Max Maxwell - 2013-03-06 10:08

    The attacker thought he was hitting a soft target! He was wrong and was taken out! Well done Oom!

  • lyndol.lyons - 2013-03-06 10:09

    Go gramps!!! Shot him up good! Its about time we start fighting back!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-06 10:09

    What a brave man. Give him a medal. Where would they have been if he didn't have a gun?

  • Arthur Ndowora - 2013-03-06 10:10

    No jokes, Pistorios, this is a burglary

  • Maremene Levis - 2013-03-06 10:12

    so to sum it up, there was an intruder??

      Bradley Kecskes - 2013-03-06 10:43

      No, to sum it up there was scum and it got sorted too...*click* *pow* *pow*

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-06 10:12

    I am sure that if he asked they would have given him what he wanted, which makes me think that the amount of violence being used makes it a crime of hatred not just robbery.

  • truthis.tway - 2013-03-06 10:13

    Will own a gun and be a dead shot by the end of the year.

  • Morne Oosthuizen - 2013-03-06 10:14

    Well done Albert. I love reading these stories. These bastards who think they can do what they want, and just take from innocent people need to start fearing them. You are a hero!

  • ChrisHolloway - 2013-03-06 10:15

    That's why we need to have guns!!! Skiet die honde!!!

  • Kobie Nel - 2013-03-06 10:17

    What the hell???. I've used up all my thumbs-up for the day on these comments.

  • jo.g.cronje - 2013-03-06 10:17

    Well Done, sir! We need more justice like this!

  • lorraine.golding1 - 2013-03-06 10:17


  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-06 10:20

    Well done gramps!! Really good news again :) . Yesterday it was that women sarah I think who shot that scumbag 3 times after he surprised her and stabbed her with a knife. We will all get our freedom when these filth who the law calls people are gone from OUR land!! God be with us all, there are more to be shot still out there! Makes me want to cry when an ederly couple or person is attacked though, just a really courageous story. Thank goddness he had a gun! And again, crime knows no colours.

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-06 10:25

    No comment yet from the peanut gallery, or should I say our people in charge. Honestly I don't think they know how to handle problematic SA and what is going on, so its better just to let off wind in the form of dialogue! This country is really going down the tubes very quickly! I know this might sound crazy and maybe out of line, but don't you think that should bring back a curfew and time when people should be indoors and that goes for everyone! This country is in a state of anarchy at the moment and its so sad to Mandelas work been thrown away for a few coffers to enhance and enrich the people in charge! What future do we have in thuis country?

  • lioneldelange - 2013-03-06 10:25

    Give him a case of Bells, more ammo. We need more people like him in SA. The police are useless and criminals themselves. More of this needs to happen.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2013-03-06 10:28

    Sorry to both sides (victims nd perpetrator) of the crime..the 'intruder' was weaponless,, OK! Any loss of Life is Unfortunate, what about the 'Right to Live', or is now a 'Licence to Kill', you live once, again to the man you demise.

      Magrietha Jeneke - 2013-03-06 10:35

      Peter we all know that if the attacker was not shot that he would kill that old peopl.what happen then to their right to live.

      Kelly Macnamara Oosthuizen - 2013-03-06 10:37

      the attacker was in all intensive purposes attempting to kill the old couple.. should they have allowed him to murder them? what about their right to live? it is called self defense.

      Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-06 10:38

      You're a NUMNUT!!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2013-03-06 10:45

      Did you go to the same school as Denzil ?

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-03-06 11:01

      Phosa, Well if you want to live then don't attack people! If you look for the war then don't complain of the wounds!!

      mpho.kgakwakandlovu - 2013-03-06 13:37

      Troll alert

  • Bruce Gauld - 2013-03-06 10:28

    And just to make it clear, this old man acted with so much bravery and courage defending the one he has loved for such a long time, because he loves her and NOT because he owns her!! Imagine, these scumbags probably don't know what its like to have a partner who would die protecting them. Till death do them part, but not today! Speedy recovery the both of you. Love it!!

  • dawie.botha.1804 - 2013-03-06 10:31

    well done the only problem is the SAP will probaly charge OUPA for murder.

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-03-06 11:23

      Are you a lawyer Dawie

      PB - 2013-03-06 13:09

      Willa, as much as you do not want to acknowledge it - this is most likely what is going to happen. Our leaders are very keen on protecting the rights of the criminals - stuff the rights of the victims of those crimes.

  • Omnivore - 2013-03-06 10:31

    Ha. Bad week for these cowards who prey on the old and weak.