Man murdered for R30 and a cellphone

2015-06-01 10:56
Stephan Snyman shows where robbers broke into their cottage on a smallholding in Rashoop near Brits. (Netwerk24)

Stephan Snyman shows where robbers broke into their cottage on a smallholding in Rashoop near Brits. (Netwerk24)

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Pretoria - While Andries Snyman, 59, screamed for help, his son tried to explain to three robbers that they had nothing worth stealing.

But the robbers were so determined take the family's last R30 and single cellphone that they stabbed Snyman three times, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.

Snyman died about four hours later, as his wife, Annatjie and son Stephan desperately tried to seek help in Rashoop near Brits in the early hours of Saturday morning, fearing that the attackers were still waiting outside.

When they tried to lift or move Andries, blood poured out of his wounds.

Annatjie eventually ran to the closest neighbours to call an ambulance, which arrived four hours later - by which time Andries had died.

Hard times

In the last few months, both Andries and Stephan had lost their jobs. They had to sell their house in Pretoria West and moved to Brits, hoping to find work. They rented a house but could only pay rent for two months. A pastor found them a cottage on a plot in Rashoop and Andries started working in a shop.

Shortly before moving to the plot, there was a burglary. And at about 03:45 on Saturday morning, three robbers broke into the cottage.

Stephan said he woke up to hear his father calling for help. As he went to help him, two of the robbers forced him and his mother into his bedroom.

"One held a pistol in my face and said they were looking for money. While I heard my father screaming, I tried to convince them that we had nothing valuable to steal," he said.

The robbers later fled with R30 and a cellphone.

Stephan and his mother found Andries lying on his bedroom floor, covered in blood. He had been stabbed twice in the chest and once in the ribs.

"The robbers took our only phone, so we could not call for help," Stephan said.

They tried to make Andries more comfortable and gave him the coffee he asked for, but he died at about 08:00 - before the ambulance arrived.

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