Hive of activity at economist Roodt's home

2015-07-24 21:22
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Pretoria - There was a hive of activity at the high security complex on Friday where chief economist Dawie Roodt and his family were attacked on Thursday night.

Police officials made their way in and out of Roodt's home, following the attack in which Roodt was hacked with a panga in his garage.

He is currently recovering in hospital.

Roodt and his family were attacked by four men armed with pangas and a gun in their home in a Pretoria security estate.

When News24 visited the complex on Friday, apart from the police presence, some of Roodt's neighbours were seemingly nonchalant, despite the incident.

Behind the tall black gate which borders the complex, children played on their bicycles, while a toddler chased a white dog around the yard.

A few adults watched the children from the complex's neatly-trimmed gardens.

A security guard stood at the gate of the complex, monitoring the activity.

He refused to speak to the media, saying only that the security manager was not available at present.

Roodt used a power cut to free himself

Pressed by News24 to give details of what transpired on Thursday night, the security guard who refused to give his name, said he had been off duty.

It seemed however, that news of the Roodt family attack had spread as people from neighbouring complexes strained their necks as they walked past the complex, seemingly hoping to catch a glimpse of the Roodt home.

It was earlier revealed that Roodt used a power cut as an opportunity to free himself and lure armed robbers out of his house to protect his wife, their twin toddlers and his adult daughter.

But he paid a high price for his bravery - he was then hacked with a panga by one of the men in his garage.

His wife and children were not harmed.

This is according to statements issued by the police and Efficient Group on Friday morning, describing the attack on the director and his family at around 20:00 on Thursday evening.

Assailants panicked

His personal assistant, Erika Botha, said the family was tied up in the study and held at gunpoint while their house was being ransacked.

"During the robbery there was a power failure in the area and Dawie used this opportunity to free himself.

"One of the assailants noticed this, at which point Dawie convinced him that he had money in his vehicle in the garage.

"At an appropriate time at the garage, Dawie attacked the assailant which led to the assailant stabbing and cutting Dawie multiple times.

"The assailants panicked because of the noise and they fled the property with the stolen goods."

Meanwhile, Roodt remained in hospital after undergoing surgery.

"He will have to undergo further surgery to restore the damage caused to his arm," read the statement from his office.

"The family has been traumatised by the event, but would like to thank everyone for the words of support."

Roodt is a well known economist, often quoted in the media, and also a television and radio presenter.

Armed with a panga and revolver

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale earlier confirmed the incident, saying two of the men were armed with a panga and a revolver.

However, the police said according to their information there were four robbers, and not three as stated by Efficient Group.

"It is alleged that Mr Roodt's daughter was visiting and as she came to the gate, she was confronted by four suspects," said Mogale.

"Two suspects were armed with a panga and a revolver. They forced her into the house where they tied up all of the family and demanded money. Mr Roodt indicated that there was money in the car outside," Mogale said.

"As the suspects took him outside, there was load-shedding and Mr Roodt fought the suspects in the dark. During the fight, he was hacked with a panga. He sustained injuries to his head and arm.

"The suspects fled the scene and he was taken to hospital for medical attention," Mogale said.

It was still unclear how the attackers had made their way out of the complex, as the gate was electronically controlled and the complex was surrounded by extremely high walls which were also lined with electrical fencing.

It was understood that the suspects had made off with the family's cellphones, laptops and bags.

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