Man kills robber armed with BB gun

2012-01-27 10:40

Mbombela - A 70-year-old Mpumalanga pensioner has shot dead a robber who tried to gain entry into his house with a plastic air gun.

Corrie Potgieter, who lives on a farm near Karino, west of Mbombela, heard his gardener, Fana Mashalela, talking to someone outside the house at about 07:30 on Thursday morning.

He peeped out the bedroom window and saw two men standing with Mashalela. He went to fetch his shotgun from the safe and walked to the bedroom window.

The men were gone but he became suspicious when he saw Mashalela on his knees on the veranda.

The next moment one of the robbers jumped up from underneath the window sill and pointed a pistol at Potgieter.

Potgieter fired a shot which hit the robber in the face. He died on the scene.

When police arrived, they found a plastic pistol (BB gun) next to his body.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said Mashalela had told him there were three would-be robbers. The other two had run away.

The attack was one of several armed incidents on smallholdings around Mbombela over the past few weeks.

The areas hit the worst were Karino, Hermansburg, Cairn, Cromdale, The Rest and Alkmaar, said Vernon Lancaster of Hi Tech Security in Mbombela.

  • Johannvw13 - 2012-01-27 10:43

    Mooi man! Another criminal dead.

      procold2 - 2012-01-27 13:55

      no problem here, give the uncle a double bells

      Schalk - 2012-01-27 16:34

      Yes Philemon they were probably your friends out for a quick farm murder. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

      Ian - 2012-01-27 17:19

      @ philemon. I think you are mhlungu being sarcastic, but if you are ubuntu, let me explain how you and your friends kill with a bb gun: you threaten an old man or lady, it looks real so they surrender and promise they won't do anything. you then tie them up, rape them, torture them with a burning iron,stab them 57 times, then rape them again. poephol.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 18:01

      Philemon, you should have joined the faceless man. Togetha undaground is betta.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 18:06

      Philemon, this is a good story and I'm celebrating it with my friends tonight. I can't wait for the next farm criminal to get his face blown away! Don't come and spew the cr@p that you talk all over everyones comments.

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-27 20:18

      This is absolutely wrong!! The other two got away!!

      Bert - 2012-01-27 20:29

      reminds me of the guy who took a knife to a gun fight. isn't it truly wonderful when you read of sub humans being blown away like this.

      Gary - 2012-01-27 20:34

      In sy tamatie in! Gee daai oom 'n Bells! Nee man, gee daai oom 'n Klippie ook!

      Bert - 2012-01-27 20:38

      philemon.. what type of sub species do you belong to. A trespasser turns up on YOUR property with what to all intents and purposes is a firearm, what are you going to do? Were you one of his mates who got away? Oh by the way, where did you get the name philemon, no wonder you deranged carrying that 'monika' around with you. You horrible piece of sh*t!

      Boer - 2012-01-27 21:20

      Pragtige storie. Uitstekend.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-27 23:35

      this old man is epic!

      Sean - 2012-01-28 00:27

      Give the man a BELLS ! Just a pitty he didn`t shoot all 3 of them !

      John - 2012-01-28 10:55

      Among us live Barbarians, Savages, Criminals, Murderers, Evil people. Let this be a good example to all law abiding citizens about the use of a shotgun in close range self defense.

      Ray - 2012-01-29 14:48

      @Philemon-I didn't see anywhere in the story that said the robbers were black-or do you,like all of us,assume all these types of crime are only committed by blacks-you racist!!!

  • Andries - 2012-01-27 10:47

    If you live by the gun, you die by the gun... although in this case a plastic one, but I'm sure if he had a real one, he would probably have used it.

      laren.reddy - 2012-01-27 13:15

      Piet - hilliarous. However, that would be the Mastercard adverts!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-27 13:20

      @Piet, Agree 100%. I can't stop smiling when I picture that scumbag's face when he was staring into the barrel of a shotgun.

      Peter - 2012-01-27 13:47

      @Jeffrey I agree - the same thought crossed my mind. Hands up old man - EISH, POW.

      Schalk - 2012-01-27 16:36

      What was the last thing that went through his mind? A bullet!

      Bert - 2012-01-27 20:40

      Schalk, what mind? plastic gun v shot gun?

  • ruanvdm - 2012-01-27 10:48

    Hahaha! Awesome, well done old man!

      Sean - 2012-01-28 00:27

      I love it !

  • StarStruck - 2012-01-27 10:48

    Well done old man. Family safety comes first.

  • Robbie - 2012-01-27 10:51

    Well done,buy that man another box of shotgun rounds(slugs).

  • Joe - 2012-01-27 10:51

    This should be shared on the SA-GoodNews website!

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-27 10:53

    Way to go Oupa, his friends won't come back.

  • mikeangell61 - 2012-01-27 10:55

    Give that man a Bells.

  • Johnny - 2012-01-27 10:57

    Brilliant !!

  • Tommy - 2012-01-27 11:01

    Reminds me of a Clint Eastwood movie...."Go ahead, make my day....punk."

      Marcell - 2012-01-28 05:05

      You call that a gun ? :)

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 11:03

    Well done! So glad he wasnt injured by the vile low life scum that are hellbent on erradicating farmers! Hope he gets a real gun for when they come back!

      dumisiledee - 2012-01-27 11:17

      Hope he gets a real gun for when they come back! - Huh?

      George - 2012-01-27 11:19

      Please read the story again.(who had a plastic gun)

      Sanet - 2012-01-27 11:20

      the robber had the plastic gun >:/

      Kevin.Robb.PieDesigns - 2012-01-27 11:23

      How interesting it is that there's 8 dislikes to your comment??? I thumbed-up :) They are obviously supportive of the vile low life scum that are eradicating farmers!!! Which make that an obvious additional 8 vile low life scum that gave your comment a dislike. We live in a sick society!?!?!

      Tommy - 2012-01-27 11:36

      There is a huge misunderstanding here. Oupa shot the wannabe robber (wich had the BB gun) with a shotgun in the face. Any upgrade from a shotgun is probably illegal - rocket launcher (Damn, I play too many games).

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 11:37

      It was a real gun! A toy shotgun don't blow someones face off!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 12:03

      @ Shirley: The farmer had a REAL gun, that's why the robber is DEAD!!!

      Shirley - 2012-01-27 12:07

      SORRY_my bad,Ihad misunderstood. I DONT want the filthy scum robber to get a REAL gun!! APOLOGIES!!!!!!!!!!

      Howie - 2012-01-27 13:24

      Now your turn to apologies Kevin ;-)

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 14:00

      @Shirley: hahahahah well done LMFAO!!!

      Dan - 2012-01-27 14:42

      must be blond!!!

      George - 2012-01-27 17:49

      Jumping the gun I see

      Ken - 2012-01-27 19:27

      Huh ?

      Merven - 2012-01-30 08:00

      And this people, is why we love blonds ;-)

  • Deon - 2012-01-27 11:05

    Well done, I hope some idiot don't arrest him for murder.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-27 11:05

    Ha, ha - Darwin Award for that robber! Last thought - "Eish! Beeg Mistyk"

      Bloody-Agent - 2012-01-27 20:23

      Look mommy no real gun.. look mommy no more head!

  • George - 2012-01-27 11:06

    Sportsman of the year award. You go Ballie you go

      John - 2012-01-28 06:54

      No disqualified the skeet was over sized. LMFAO

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-27 11:06

    Goed so oom! Mag die Here jou nog vir baie jare spaar!!! Voorspoed vir die res van die jaar, ons nodig nog meer manne soos oom! Die keer was ons een voor hulle!

      Philemon - 2012-01-27 15:23

      You again. Why am I not surprised.

      JuditVictor - 2012-01-27 16:38

      Philemon, what exactly did you want the farmer to do? Will you please elaborate on that. The farmer looked into the barrel of a gun, albeit a plastic one, and got the first shot in. Do you suggest that we ask the thugs whether their guns are real - you know, like a debate on the stoep? Give us your goodly insight into what you think should be done when you stare death in the face. My sons had BB guns, they looked absolutely real. Still, i want to hear your suggestions. Would appreciate.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-01-27 11:07

    Only tragedy is that by law this old man must now be charged with murder. He has already suffered enough and now we have to put him through that as well.

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-27 11:15

      charged perhaps, but the charges CAN be dropped pending an investigation. Should the charges not be dropped, the justice system will evaluate murderous intent, which they will not be able to prove, as it was a bb gun, and he was defending his life?

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 13:00

      @GogsLombard: That is NOT TRUE!!! The Law DOES NOT stipulate any such thing. There is NO REQUIREMENT IN LAW for ANY CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT AGAINST THE LAW ABIDING, LEGALLY ARMED SENIOR CITIZEN. The Police must open an INQUEST DOCKET, NOTHING MORE. Then, if the investigation proves the need, the Public Prosecutor can instruct the Police to formulate further charges.

      Eish - 2012-01-27 13:47

      Self Defence!

      Megan - 2012-01-27 13:49

      Gogs is actually correct. Any person who kills someone else, deliberately, unintentianlly or in self defense will, at the very least, be charged automatically with culpable homicide and worst, murder. However, that does not mean to say that the case will actually go though as once investigations start and it can be proven (in this case) that the farmer acted in self-defense and used the minimal force necessary to protect himself it will be up to the prosecutor to strike the case from the roll. Charging a person after someone has died is standard operating procedures of the South African Police Force as stipulated by the law.

      Paul - 2012-01-27 14:09

      Sh*t, Archie - you can shout loud, hey! I'm no lawyer, but he has to be "charged" with something, otherwise the case cannot be investigated. There is no housebreaking, (as far we know) no intimidation, trespassing - yes, but the perp is no longer able to answer charges! The message will get out to other crims, they won't be back.

      modumo - 2012-01-27 14:36

      @Andries, You just had to turn this racial. We are all glad that the ballie defended his family, his gardener and himself from a potentially dangerous situation. it does not state whether they were black or white but Andries clearly knows better, right? Comments should be made based on the article itself and what you read not ur silly, backward assumptions.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:14

      @Megan "Gogs is actually correct. Any person who kills someone else, deliberately, unintentianlly or in self defense will, at the very least, be charged automatically with culpable homicide and worst, murder." Megan, like Gogs, you are INCORRECT! There is NO PROVISION IN LAW FOR ANY CHARGES AT THIS STAGE. Please read the CPA. You then continue with: "Charging a person after someone has died is standard operating procedures of the South African Police Force as stipulated by the law." Fortunately, that to is INCORRECT. The fact that the Police are doing it does not make it correct or legal. Police have ebeen instructed to carry out this nefarious practice because they do not want citizens to carry firearms, so threaten them with murder charges instead. Please post the relevant legal requirement that backs up your statements (internal Police procedures do not count) The Police are NOT above the Law.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:20

      @Paul: Sorry dude for the shouting but it is the only way to EMPHASIZE something in a post. "but he has to be "charged" with something." Why would you say that? And which case are you talking about please? There should be an INQUEST DOCKET OPENED. Investigated and sent to prosecutor. Based on investigation docket is closed OR SAPF advised to draw up charges against the victim (if the shooting was dubious) The Investigating Detective should do his work correctly in the first place. "The message will get out to other crims, they won't be back." This I will agree with BUT the other message that SAPS is illegally promoting is "do not use your firearms as WE WILL CHARGE YOU." They, SAPS, are carrying out the ridiculous policies of Gun Free South Africa by proxy. They should be ashamed of themselves. And so should your government.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-29 09:41

      He does not have to be charged for this to be investigated. If this was a clear case of self defense then no charges will be laid...

  • Nevada - 2012-01-27 11:08

    well done!! intent was there - bb gun or real one, same to me

      Gideon - 2012-01-27 12:23

      And fortunately the same to the court as well.

  • Stuka - 2012-01-27 11:08

    kan ek vir oom n Bells koop en stick vir n braai?

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-27 11:13

    See where you end up when you listen to Juliass! 6 feet under!

      Kevin - 2012-01-27 11:48


  • NicholasRowan - 2012-01-27 11:15

    Don't bring a pellet gun to a real gun fight?

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 11:33

      lol! He found out he's NOT Chuck Norris.

  • Sandra - 2012-01-27 11:16

    Well done, it was the farmer and his worker to die or the rubbish that came onto his land to rob and kill him.

      Philemon - 2012-01-27 15:25

      He was not going to kill him with a BB gun!

      Kevin - 2012-01-27 15:53

      I agree that he had to defend himself. He wasn't likely to die if shot with a BB gun though. Philemon, explain to me me what one should do when faced with someone pointing what looks like a real gun at one. Should one wait for the first shot to see if it's going to hurt? Or should one fire back in self defence? Don't defend the perpetrator because he carried a plastic gun - his intent was clear and I back the uncle.

      John - 2012-01-27 16:16

      @Kevin, Philly is not defending the perpetrator because he carried a plastic gun, he simply defends him because he is black. And ol' Philly thinks this is a black vs. white thing.

      Philemon - 2012-01-27 16:59

      @ John: Where in the article does it state the perpetrator was a black man? Your racial prejudice is clouding your judgement.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 18:03

      Philemon, go steal something you idiot!

      Marcell - 2012-01-28 05:12

      I haven't seen white farm murderers lately. They are more often non white. What you will find is that they are most propably friends of the worker.

      david.joffe - 2012-01-28 16:53

      @Philemon There were at least two or three robbers --- how do you know the others weren't armed either? The only way you can have that knowledge is if you were involved, hmm.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 11:18

    And had the Gun Free Society had their way, this armed senior citizen would have been another dead farmer statistic. WELL DONE Mr. CORRIE POTGIETER!! More people should use their legal firearms and defend themselves in such a manner that decreases your criminal population daily.

      SLaw - 2012-01-27 13:16

      If it was a gun free society the criminals wouldn't have guns either... Guns kill more innocents than criminals. glad that crim got his due

      Andries - 2012-01-27 13:42

      SLaw - I had 14 guns and I watched them many times - they NEVER went out to kill anyone!

      zterblanche - 2012-01-27 14:31

      @slaw, They will still get guns, illegally, and you/we will be defenseless. Is this what you want? Think before you speak. Toolbag!

      Johan - 2012-01-27 15:01

      @Slaw In the past week two old people have been attacked by criminals in my neighborhood and in both cases the attackers didn't have guns. In the first attack a woman was badly beaten with a hammer, and the second a old man stabbed with a knife. If criminals can't get their hands on guns then they resort to other deadly weapons. Legal gun ownership keep the innocent from becoming victims.

      Had - 2012-01-27 15:46

      @SLaw - you are a complete chop. There are so many illegal firearms out there right now, there is NO chance of a gun-free society. This useless government have already made an effort to remove firearms from law-abiding citizens with the forced re-licencing, etc., but they make NO effort to take the illegal firearms from their former brothers-in-arms. I know my pistol is no match for an AK-47, but you never know, maybe I get the chance to take the upper hand when my home gets invaded and I will kill as many of the illegally armed criminals as I can. What percentage of firearms used in those of the 50 murders per day that are committed in this country using firearms do you think are legally registered ? I think you could safely say zero !! Anarchy rules in this place, so forget about an idealistic gun-free country.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:22

      @slaw: guns kill more what? Last time I check my safe, there were no bodies, I wonder where my guns hid them? Guns are INANIMATE OBJECTS, like KNIVES, HAMMERS, BASEBALL BATS, TYRES etc.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:24

      @HAD: play their game: register yourself as a collector with a South African / Angolan BUSH-WAR theme. Then you too can get your FULLY FUNCTIONAL AK-47, R1, R4 etc.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 18:03

      "Guns kills more innocents than criminals" YOU IDIOT!! So the gun pulls it's own trigger??!?!

      Sharon - 2012-01-27 22:31

      @ SLaw, maybe the police can also ask the bad people to not use the 20494 guns out there on the streets, which were "lost" by our fine police force - maybe they could be so kind as to return them to the nearest police station???

      lvrvo - 2012-01-28 00:50

      @ SLaw: Lay down before you hurt yourself, go make stupid comments on facebook

      yolande.vanzyl - 2012-01-28 06:28

      slaw what are you smoking criminals would be the only one's with guns idiot

  • Davin - 2012-01-27 11:19

    Good on you! Pity he didn't kill all of them!

  • superkruger - 2012-01-27 11:20

    Go Grandpa!!

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-01-27 11:21

    Well done!!

  • Jason - 2012-01-27 11:24

    It grates my balls that now a case of murder will be opened against this old man, yet he was protecting himslef and family, ho wthe f*ck was he to know it was a BB gun, dont even waste tax payers money on a stupid case like this, its one less criminal in ourt Country..

      lindaawhelan - 2012-01-27 12:08

      A case will be opened because that is the law. However, the police will have to decide whether to proceed and in all likelihood, they won't as it is a clear case of justified self defence. Just following procedure.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:26

      @Jason and Lindaawhelan: Please read the comments about. It is NOT the law. No case SHOULD be opened against the legally armed law-abiding senior citizen.

  • Oscar - 2012-01-27 11:24

    Die oupa het sommer nog baie woema!!

  • James - 2012-01-27 11:31

    What a champ!!!!! Best news ever! This just made my Friday!

  • laura.levatte - 2012-01-27 11:32

    Love it ! So nice to read a positive story for a change

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-27 11:33 this current climate in SA there is no way I'l check the robbers weapons, armed with a pick gun or knife or watookal- my family is numero uno - Il shoot and then wont ask questions later!!

  • pws69 - 2012-01-27 11:35

    Potgieter is a hero! Well done.

  • Samantha - 2012-01-27 11:39

    well it looks like he did the entire commumity a service by ridding them of this robber,-I can tell you the robber wouldn't even have cared if he shot the old oom- I hope he gets given a medal instead of a murder charge, he deserves one

  • Oscar - 2012-01-27 11:40

    I suggest we raise funds if they do decide to arrest the oom for murder.

  • jack.kukard - 2012-01-27 11:40


  • fcocquyt - 2012-01-27 11:40

    Play with fire and you will get burned ? Now what would have happened if all legal law abiding citizens guns would be taken away as gun free SA is promoting would the 70 year old man be able to defend himself against 3 thugs? I rest my case, its each persons right to be able to defend themselves and their property.

  • Kevin - 2012-01-27 11:44

    We all are now delighted for the quick thinking oupa Corrie's actions. Good but remember the legal firearm is now confiscated for ballistic test and oom Corrie questioned and possibly lockedup by a arrogant new apartheid style fool who just do it out of hatard towards oom Corrie. This kind of actions by police officers have clearly showed in the pass that legal firearms landup in the hands of criminals again.

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-27 16:29

      Kevin, the shotgun should NOT be taken in for ballistic tests as there is no contention that it was used to rid the world one the criminal scum. There is no procedure on the Police system that stipulates that. The investigating detective must submit his report correctly and ensure ONLY AN INQUEST DOCKET IS OPENED.

  • Jannie - 2012-01-27 11:45

    well done toppie!!!!! thats the way you do it, kill criminals! the only language they understand.. a 12 gaugen roud with a slug.

  • Donovan - 2012-01-27 11:48

    In your face punk!!!

      Jannie - 2012-01-27 11:49

      Team Boooeeere F!@#k yeah!

  • Jason - 2012-01-27 11:50

    Is it wrong that this story made my Friday..

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 12:06

      Clearly not, it's made just about everyone's Friday, except the bugger who copped it in the face LMFAO @ his demise

      Schalk - 2012-01-27 16:43

      Philemon (commenting above) is also pretty upset about the incident. It was probably his brother's head that was blown off...

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-27 11:56

    GOOD!!! VAT SO!!! You Sir deserve a whole case of Bells.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 11:59

    Give that man a Bells, a bottle of Bells actually! Well done Oom Potgieter. Ok now lets watch them try lock the poor farmer away for murder!

  • rlong1952 - 2012-01-27 12:00

    In this case: Boere 1, robbers 0.

      Paul - 2012-01-27 14:17

      One - and two halves!

  • Jackky - 2012-01-27 12:03

    give that madala a double BELLS.

      Jackky - 2012-01-27 12:13


  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-01-27 12:09

    I bet that robber got a shock when he stuck his head up at the window! Hopefully more of these scum get a close up of two barrels

      Rob - 2012-01-27 15:22

      I`d love to know what went through the robbers mind when the shot gun went off.......... probably his teeth.

  • Sattva - 2012-01-27 12:18

    The man was armed with a gun (BB gun or not) and he was shot ! I say, Well done Mr Potgieter !

      rob.nilius - 2012-01-27 17:48

      Exactly, you NEVER point a firearm in jest, albeit a toy gun, my Winchester Pump Action shotgun will also go BLAMMM!!!! Make my day( AND i only use SG or SSG rounds)!

      Rob - 2012-01-28 10:20

      Rob Nilius above - greetings - nice to see you also into aviation etc. Drop us a`s been 45 years.

  • Heidi - 2012-01-27 12:38

    The first paragraph of this article is really bad journalism!!!!!! Knapskoot oom- another farm murder prevented

  • Carol - 2012-01-27 12:46

    Well done, but I fear the repercussions he will have to face !!!!

  • sean.schoeman - 2012-01-27 13:35

    Nice one!!! *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-27 13:36

    Yes pleeeease...what makes it even better is that it was an ederly person, like reading these stories. Grinning like a cheshire cat lol.

  • jcadman3 - 2012-01-27 13:41

    The heading is disturbing ... So what that it was BB gun, it was a gun and he was a robber about to break into the guys house... I say Good for him! Lord knows what could have happened if the owner of the house had not shot him. It was self defense all the way!!