Man, 77, beaten to death by robbers

2012-07-24 11:43

Johannesburg - A Pakistani man has been stabbed and beaten to death in Alberton, police said on Tuesday.

Captain George Raphulu said four robbers beat Shah Deen Muhammed, 77, with a hammer on Monday when he told them he did not have the keys to his safe.

His 72-year-old wife was stabbed in the hand and his daughter, 27, was throttled. Both women were tied with ropes.

The robbers used hammers and screwdrivers to force open the safe. They took an undisclosed amount of money, jewellery and cellphones.

Raphulu said a domestic worker was thought to have opened the gate for three men and a woman.

"She had the remote control and has disappeared," he said.

He said the case was being investigated and no arrest had been made.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-24 11:48

    Cowards... They always target the old people!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-24 11:49

      Clean your own house people! You can't trust anybody these days...

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-24 11:53

      These people have NO regard for human life. NONE! Why should we have any regard for their lives?! Re-instate the f'g death penalty!!

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-07-27 12:44

      Not all of us (most) can afford would have been great if we could however!!!!

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-07-24 11:54


      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-24 12:38

      Sad? Losing your pet is sad!! Try disgusting, shameful, cowardly, inhumane, deplorable, savage, barbaric, inexplicable, etc...

  • sly.skipper - 2012-07-24 11:58

    Me deepest sympathy to the famlily. May his sould rest in peace.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-07-24 12:05

    Justice system is very liniet to these buggers, they always get away with suspended sentence coz they first time offenders.

  • rlong1952 - 2012-07-24 12:09

    Zuma fiddles while Rome (SA) burns.....

  • Hermann - 2012-07-24 12:09

    Another reason not to have domestic workers, only a once a week char who works under supervision. Sorry COSATU less contributions to your salary coffers.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-07-24 12:10

    How many times have we heard of domestics being involved

  • Gavin - 2012-07-24 12:11

    so when the criminals/anc have killed all the honest hard working folks/farmers, who do they think is gonna keep the lights on and the bills paid ? IF YOU KILL US ALL, YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THE WORK YOURSELVES jacob loser and co. I think we need some mob justice here, hang a few of these spineless scum from the nearest light pole and then let's see what happens.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-24 12:17

    Humanity is dying in S.A. daily! Decent people are being terrorised,tortured and killed by ruthless,savage unhuman "things". The saddest part is even if this savage is caught-he will be out on R1000.00 bail and if he does 6 years for the crime,that is considered justice!!!! Neighborlyness is gone out the window! You trust no-one and dont expect any justice if you have been wronged! Deepest condolences to this poor family!Im sorry you had to lose a loved one because the powers that be dont care!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-24 12:36

    And people wonder why people don't want to give them a chance, you just can't trust anyone... You get offended when someone locks the door as you approach them? Tough! Deal with it! Thank the people who make that fear a reality.

  • folkersjohanneswilliams - 2012-07-24 12:44

    Another bad international image for SA. At the end it will only be China investing in SA.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-24 12:50

    I am surprised by the reactions here. Did you not know that SA has a high murder rate? It's not as if this is something new. In fact it has been going on for quite a number of years. With a murder rate of over 15000 a year it's only reasonable to expect reports such as this. My major concern is the discriminatory way in which the media reports murders. When was the last time you read of a murder commited in a township or the poor areas?

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-24 12:58


      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-24 13:12

      goliath, what is racist about my comment?

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-24 13:15

      So we should not voice outrage at the extent of crime in this country and just ignore it? Especially when "robbers" brutally murder a defenceless old man?

      Tito - 2012-07-24 13:25

      Thank God most people here do not have such a low value system as yours. What is reasonable about killing a defencelss old man and hurting old people for money. Savages, your value system speaks volumes about you and your upbringing.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-24 13:40

      carla, I did not say that crime should be ignored. My point is that it's ridiculous that people should be outraged with the high crime rate when they know that there is a crime rate. Yesterday a person was outraged by reading the news. Today the person is outraged by reading the same news. Tomorrow the person will be outraged when they read the same news again ... 365 days a year of being outraged by the same stories. eh many people seem to suffer from memory retention. Faced with such a situation a sensible person sits down and asks, "What can be done to fix this?" And if the person is really concerned they will do something about it. They will contact their councillor, minister or whomever, but they will do something. But when a person is outraged by the same thing over and over again it's not that they care. That feigned outrage is used to mask a person's impotence. It's a show of bravado. People who are really outraged go out into the real world and do something about it. That's how they show that they care about the issues.

      ejanette.joubert - 2012-07-24 14:14

      @manu today's story is not the same as yesterday's story, and it is not the same as tomorrow's story. Each incident is horrendous in and of itself, and you can not make light of it by equating them. It is a token of people's empathy that they react strongly to each and every unacceptable incident, and not just blatantly demonstrate their inhumanuty by saying "Ag, just more of the same ..." Just because it happened before, does not make each new incident ignorable. You do not understand the meaning of outrage. You do not understand the meaning of feign. Tou do not understand the meaning of bravado. And you definitely do not understantd the meaning of empathy.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-24 14:58

      ejannette, many of these stories are only different in the characters involved, but otherwise they are essentially the same. You have one or more people killed by one or more other people in the progress of another crime (such as robbery). People here are so fixated with the names and ages of victims and the need to show empathy that they forget that the real problem here is 'people killing people'. That is what makes all these stories the same. As I said there are over 15000 murders a year but the only time people are empathetic is when they read it in a newspaper. What does that say about society? How are we to interpret a society that is conditioned to react and feel empathy only when they read murder stories in the media about whomever the media the chooses to report about. I have learned not to dance/react to newspaper reports but rather to examine the facts at large. You read of a victim here and there and your heart bleads. I on the other hand see the forest of 15000 victims a year and I realise that empathy is inadequate reaction to this carnage.

      Moi - 2012-07-24 15:16

      @My point is that it's ridiculous that people should be outraged with the high crime rate when they know that there is a crime rate. Yesterday a person was outraged by reading the news. Today the person is outraged by reading the same news. Tomorrow the person will be outraged when they read the same news again ... 365 days a year of being outraged by the same stories. eh many people seem to suffer from memory retention. Are you not outraged that our elders are being brutally murdered? Are you not outraged that our children are being raped? Are you not outraged that our young girls are being sold as sex slaves? If you have stopped being outraged at the horrible, disgusting things that happen daily in this beloved country of ours, then there is something very wrong with you.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-24 15:28

      Moi if you are so outraged about these crimes then please tells what you are doing about it? Outrage has to be accompanied by action otherwise it becomes nothing more than an exhibition or a tantrum.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-25 11:04

      @manu, are you for real? "Outrage has to be accompanied by action otherwise it becomes nothing more than an exhibition or a tantrum" I propose a question to you :what action do we need to take as citizen in this country? and don't tell me to vote for someone else besides the anc because i already am.

  • Michael - 2012-07-24 12:55

    the threat from within

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-24 13:04

    Broken SA.

  • Tishan - 2012-07-24 13:04

    well we should learn from this.. when you hire a maid, make sure you have a copy of her ID jsut in case. the cops wont be able to find the maid as i am sure these people dont have any details of the maid. she gets away scot free. live and learn.. S.A. is a beautiful country but the crime stats are shocking.

  • gary.rheeder - 2012-07-24 13:15

    In nature the sick, weak or injured are targeted, we are a part of that same nature but we are supposed to be civilized which is in itself a state of evolution! It just proves that we live on a continent that has not evolved, where pack mentality still rules supreme, where cowards will target those that offer the least resistance or pose the least threat!

  • mokgadi.mahloborakgoale - 2012-07-24 13:41

    And this is happening in our backyards? The government must bring back the death penalty for these ruthless animals!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-24 13:50

    Shah Deen Muhammed RIP. The wife, daughter, family and friends - Condolences.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-24 13:53

    so why do we still open doors to strangers? maybe they weren't strangers! disgusting story with cowards killing an old man. sies!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-24 14:12

    I remember a while back elderly couples were encouraged to take in at least one police officer as a lodger . That would serve as a deterent for would be robbers to even set foot on the premises and if they do so without the knowledge that a cop lives there then they'll wake up in a mortuary . This would help reduce attacks on the elderly

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-24 14:14

    Believe me they are foreigners and have already crossed the border as we speak, mark my words.

  • Moi - 2012-07-24 15:10

    A 77 year old defenceless very brave.

  • John - 2012-07-24 21:24

    95% of home invasions involve your domestic worker or gardener. Learn to do your work yourself. They can be intimidated by criminals. They could be related to the criminals. They could be the criminals. Draw your own conclusions. Lose the rascist comments. Criminals target the weak regardless of ethnicity. Employ trusted family members.

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-07-25 11:25

    This really heartbreaking but i think the old man should've given up with safe keys maybe now we'll be speaking different story.

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-07-25 11:32

    They must arrest the domestic cause she knows everything

      pisciotta - 2012-07-25 18:52

      Boycott hiring domestics. Put them in their place - away from civilization until they can at least act "Human"

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-07-25 11:51

    I Know I should not use this comment page to comment on another story, but there was no comment post on the story I just read about Robbers Drown Boy In Boiling Water. This has to be the most horrendous act of brutality I have ever read. Do not tell me these *********** ( no words to describe them ) do not desrve the Death Penalty. There is no redemption for them.

      pisciotta - 2012-07-25 18:56

      Granny - the scum of News24 wouldn't dare allow comments for that story. Sh*t journalism from those who probably didn't pass Matric even at 30% is what you read here. Lets see if this comment gets deleted.

  • pisciotta - 2012-07-25 18:58

    What is it with cell phones? They don't have a home, but they have a cell phone stuck to their ears. Amazing sub-human behavior.

  • letsekang.masepe - 2012-07-26 01:47

    this must be forgners pls believe me

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-07-26 11:24

    "Man, 77, beaten to death by robbers" I think there is a typo, it should read "Man, 77, beaten to death by MURDERERS"

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-07-27 12:58

      Yes...and it's got nothing to do with robbery (well it does too but)....if it did, the domestic worker could have waited until there was no one at home and opened up for them......Bloody Murderers!!!!

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