Family scared to sleep at home after robbery shoot-out

2015-07-24 20:51


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Johannesburg - The fear and shock of being attacked in the privacy of their own home in Roshnee, Vereeniging, has left Faizal Ally's family shaken - so much so that they cannot bear sleeping at home.

"We can't sleep in the house. [During] the day there is no problem because people are around and we talk, but at night it is very weird. My son looks like he's okay, he looks strong, we all do," Ally said.

One suspect was killed and another was injured in a shoot-out during a robbery at the well-known businessman's home on Thursday morning.

At the time, Roshnee Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Imraan Badat told News24 from the scene that the group had forced its way through several layers of security before waking up the family's son and tying him up.

They cut an electric fence at Ally's home, jumped over the wall, broke a security gate and entered via sliding doors into the living room.

The robbers went up the steps of the double-storey house and woke up Ally's 23-year-old son in his bedroom, before tying him up. They demanded money and jewellery.

"I heard this noise around 03:30. I waited for a while, I looked through the window and saw two guys going upstairs. I pressed a panic button on my phone, then I called my son-in-law who lives across the road from me," said Ally, recalling his harrowing ordeal.

'I shot back because I was armed'

He then armed himself and walked out of his bedroom into the entrance of the house, facing the stairs.

"When I heard the armed response [outside], I went to the front door, but one of the guys was coming down the stairs. He saw me and he shot at me and I shot back because I was armed."

Ally says he could hear his family calling for him to open the front door to let them in. They live across the road.

They had no idea he was confronting one of the intruders.

"I couldn't open the front door."

Moments after the shoot-out, the rest of the robbers came running down the stairs. By now, the first attacker was lying injured on the floor.

"Then three more men came down the stairs. The first two weren't armed, but the last was shooting towards me and I returned fire.

"My wife was in the bedroom behind me screaming and my family was outside shouting for me to open the door. The last one shot at me again."

The second shooter missed and hit the pillar, but Ally managed to shoot and injure him in the leg.

'The police were very professional'

While the first injured robber was disoriented and moving to the lounge, Ally could hear vases and other fragile objects breaking.

The other three swiftly ran out of the house the same way they had entered.

"I stayed in the room until everything was quiet, my son-in-law was outside."

Ally's son had also locked himself in his room, shortly after the men had left his room.

The second, injured shooter was arrested shortly after the incident at a nearby hospital after he admitted himself. Police had put medical staff on alert for an injured robber in the area.

He commended the SA Police Service for their quick response.

"The police were very professional. Everything was done before they left [the scene]. They were very organised, they did a lot of work on the same day."

"We have to carry on with our lives. I am lucky that I am the one talking to you now. God is great."

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