Facebook status saves mum during robbery

2012-03-05 09:13

Johannesburg - A Pretoria mother who was attacked by two armed robbers in her home on Friday night managed to summon help by updating her Facebook status, it was reported on Monday.

Lizette Langeveld, 43, was confronted by two armed men who broke into her Centurion home around 19:30, physically assaulted her and threatened to rape her, the Beeld reported.

They tied her up in her bedroom together with her 10-year-old son, took her cellphone and told her they would wait for her husband to come home and kill him.

She managed to free both her son and herself and they hid inside her wardrobe with her laptop computer.

She updated her Facebook status, saying "Please help! We have an armed robbery, they're waiting for Hennie at the gate, please phone him, don't let him come inside."

A second message was posted a few minutes later, saying "Help! Call Hennie. We've managed to untie ourselves. They said they would come back to rape me. Armed."

One of Langeveld's friends saw the message on Facebook, and alerted Hennie Langeveld immediately.
Police and security guards arrived on the scene within minutes, but the robbers had fled.

  • Vuks01 - 2012-03-05 09:19

    Way to go lady - I hope they catch those skunks

      TSR01 - 2012-03-05 09:55

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      Janice - 2012-03-05 09:59

      Bloody good thinking, glad they are safe. Those monsters need to be caught!

      Craig - 2012-03-05 10:37

      agreed Vuks ... how can someone thumbs down this comment ?? Troll

      Gestoffle - 2012-03-05 12:06

      Nice ending, happy ending.... What makes me sad though....tomorrows story might not be as good.

      yolie.Landa - 2012-03-05 12:20

      YAY to facebook

      Jeeves - 2012-03-05 14:41

      Happy stories make me happy.

  • John - 2012-03-05 09:21

    Mark Zuckerberg saved another life. That is what I'm calling "The Power of The Media"

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-03-05 09:28

    Wow! Brilliant! Quick thinking on her part!

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-05 13:34

      Which three half brained idiots would actually thumb down this comment? You people are sick!

  • Frank - 2012-03-05 09:29

    Time to award Mark Zukerberg the Nobel prize.

  • sunetteferreira - 2012-03-05 09:30

    Smart woman!

  • Ian - 2012-03-05 09:30

    Thank Goodness for FB!

  • nathanjaysa - 2012-03-05 09:32

    Indeed i must say .. since Smartphones have facebook and notify you of incoming posting.. i am glad to hear she is safe and unharmed , i guess we need to be more thankfull of technology of today then 10 years ago.. and i HOPE they catch those guys.. I also think we need to Thank God for looking over them.

  • Den - 2012-03-05 09:39


  • Aphiwe - 2012-03-05 09:40

    Shame man, so happy she could even get herself together to think that fast. You were very brave lady and its good you were not harmed. I hope you will be able to move past the trauma.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-05 09:40

    I like it Facebook

  • Lynn - 2012-03-05 09:49

    Smart, calm lady - way to go! To all of you throwing racial insults over a bad news story with a good outcome - shame on you!

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-05 10:16

    Way to keep her wits about her! a smartphone is probably a better tactical choice, but one uses what is at one's disposal in these situations.

      ralph.schminke - 2012-03-05 10:39

      uhh read much ?? ... they took her phone

      JasonEye - 2012-03-05 10:40

      Did you read the story? They took her cell phone................all she had was the laptop!

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-05 13:25

      Read what I have written. I actually said "but one uses what is at one's disposal in these situations". You can safely assume I can read with comprehension and am not a complete moron.

      lynda.schenck - 2012-03-05 15:31

      Ralphie and Jason are the idiots! Read what the Donkie wrote!

  • Tammy - 2012-03-05 10:20

    great to read a story with a happy ending - well done girl

  • Khomotso - 2012-03-05 10:23

    Facebook really saved her. Thank God for that

  • Katlego - 2012-03-05 10:56

    Wow i like this

  • Lisa - 2012-03-05 10:58

    thank God they were not harmed!!! facebook has so many advantages!!!

      Rudie - 2012-03-05 13:28

      The robbers had fled- can you imagine what they will be doing next week?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-05 11:07

    Good on you! Just a pity the scum got away!!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-05 11:08

    good thinking, pity the dogs got away.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-05 11:08

    why not post pictures of these thugs on Facebook, it won't be long before they get caught

      Melinda - 2012-03-05 12:55

      @ Nigel i agree but it is not easy to remeber these guys face, some wear ski masks, some of them just don't care because they know they will get away with it

  • felican - 2012-03-05 11:17

    Wish with all my heart they would bring back the DEATH PENALTY for aggressive crimes or as one of the politicians in the New Democratic South Africa said so long ago.. Have prisoner ships anchored outside on the sea..Too many already in jails languishing and enjoying the fruits of their adventures. What about having chain gangs again and using the prisoners as much needed labour in farms and building etc.. We really are not going forward but backwards... So why not use the measures that were before....At least chain gang labour will be earning their keep in their 'Sun Cities'

  • Den - 2012-03-05 11:19

    people must start thinking about placing weapons and cell phones for emergency use around the house. work out your weak points and points of entry to your houses. pepper spray, knives and other such weapons are still very legal.

      arthurbrigg - 2012-03-05 13:54

      Web cameras as well, one or two outside and one or two inside with motion detection software (it's not that expensive). You can at least have a record on video of what happened and be alerted to intruders.

  • Grant - 2012-03-05 11:34

    well done mom.. that was quick thinking..

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-05 11:35


  • Raeez - 2012-03-05 11:37

    Well done Lady. Kept cool in a tough situation, probably saved your life aswell as your hubby and kid...

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-05 11:39

    That lady has some good Fb friends. Some of us have added trolls who'd either disregard the post or even 'like' it.

  • nicky.muizenheimer - 2012-03-05 12:14

    OMW!!! Horrible news but glad you were brave enuf to think quik and ask for help on facebook. Glad you and your son are ok. Thank God..He was with you all the time.

  • tmaphiza - 2012-03-05 12:31


  • Cristina - 2012-03-05 12:47

    Excellent thinking!! thank god she and her family are safe. I hope those monsters are caught and the keys thrown away!!!!

  • Melinda - 2012-03-05 12:49

    well done to the family friend for login in at the right time but this is sa they are never going to find the son of bitches.. that is so sad

  • Nicole Sarupen - 2012-03-05 12:52

    Quick thinking well done!!

  • Paula - 2012-03-05 13:05

    well done mums...Lord above I pray that they dont come in search of vengence...Knowing these idiots they would find it a a bigger challenge more now then ever...God protect you...

  • Tawizee - 2012-03-05 13:16

    Soon The Secrecy bill won't allow such sharing of information.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 14:56


      liezel.tyers1 - 2012-03-09 07:50

      point on ...

  • gordon.p.jacobs - 2012-03-05 13:25

    Pity she couldn't sneak a pic or two of them, would have made great photo uploads on FB.

  • doc.mouton - 2012-03-05 13:52

    Make no mistake, I am glad to see no-one was hurt but weird for the robbers to take the phone and leave the laptop..... Just saying

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-05 14:57

      Well I'm sure if you put more thought to it you would come up with several reasons... just saying.

  • rboy24 - 2012-03-05 14:34

    facebook Jou yster

  • Muneer23 - 2012-03-05 14:47

    Way to go mom, awesome heroics...Hope the scumbags are caught

  • Alicia - 2012-03-05 15:01

    I've said it once, I'll say it again...The power of Social Media :) Hi 5 to the brave women!!

  • Perfume - 2012-03-05 15:02

    Good thinking, glad that she had her family were not harmed

  • Dave - 2012-03-05 15:20

    Well done Lizette for thinking clearly during your terrible ordeal. I wish you all the best. You are a hero!!

  • Henning - 2012-03-05 15:27

    Who says facebook is a waste of time!! Good work woman!

  • Kirsten - 2012-03-05 16:00

    thankfully the people liking comments suggesting this woman deserved it- and disliking ones that bid her well done can be viewed- and then entered into a private investigation. Anyone stupid enough to toy with emotions and like a comment just to cause trouble deserve the interrogation. Think before you like or dislike to those who are yet to grow up...

  • sbonelo.s.ngwenya - 2012-03-05 16:54


      liezel.tyers1 - 2012-03-09 07:48

      wow is all u can say bra

  • Patsy - 2012-03-05 17:50

    Enough already. Government DO SOMETHING about rampant crime and incompetent policemen. You got rid of all of the old school policemen barring a few, and, for the most part, hired idiots. FIX IT! All very well for you to live in your mansions surrounded by dozens of bodyguards, you are supposed to serve us and protect us so DO IT!!

  • Rebaone - 2012-03-05 20:10

    Good work lady. You have shown that Facebook is not only a social nertwork but that you can actually get help from it.

  • maricha.knightvanheerden - 2012-03-05 20:26

    fantastic. Brave girl!

  • arno.albertyn - 2012-03-06 08:05

    Great story - but move to the Western Cape!!!!

  • Alta - 2012-03-06 10:43

    Well done lady, so glad everything turned out fine.

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2012-03-06 12:01

    Give this lady a Bells

  • Ilze - 2012-03-06 12:08

    Bravo to you, quick-thinking-techno-savvy-mum! Glad you guys escaped unharmed!

  • geoffreywaugh - 2012-03-06 12:19

    Well done lizette!! What the hell is happening to centurion!? So many armed robberies. What are the police doing, diddly squat! Sadly residents should be encouraged to shoot these neanderthals in the face before our under incentivised police force and very cute legal system has the opportunity to completely f*ck it up!