Man shoots robber to protect parents

2012-05-18 08:43

Cape Town - A Cape Town man has shot and killed one of two robbers who attacked his parents in their Woodstock home.

The Daily Voice reported that the shot man died on the scene while his accomplice ran away.

Police said the man’s parents came home to find the armed robbers and were threatened by them. A scuffle broke out and their son, who was at home, took out his licensed gun and shot at them.

The young man was reportedly in a state of shock when police arrived on the scene.    

Police said the courts would decide whether to prosecute the man.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-18 08:51

    tum-tum-tum, another one bites the dust... tum-tum-tum another one bites the dust. And another one down. And another down, another one bites the dust!!!!

      Louwhan - 2012-05-18 09:12

      clasque lebeogang. very appropriate song and great news to start a weekend. Alway nice to see stories from the other (right) sie of a barrel.

      david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-05-18 10:19

      Why did he let the other one get away?

      Eduannn - 2012-05-18 11:54

      'Castle laws' are what is needed. An extract from the following: More than half of the states in the United States have adopted the Castle doctrine, stating that a person has no duty to retreat when their home is attacked. I got this info from an online friend - apparently the state he lives in also approved these laws in this week. I also read that another state has passed a law that u may now openly carry guns. It seems as if the tide is turning and some people are starting to see the light. For our liberal anti-gun lobby out there - read and weep. You will have to allow sensible law-abiding citizens to protect themselves eventually.

      Eduannn - 2012-05-18 12:00

      And a further extract: Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the "stand your ground" law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit.

      Janice - 2012-05-18 13:48

      "Prosecute" him??????? They should give him a flippin REWARD!!!!!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-18 08:53

    He must get a medal not a jail sentence. Young man I applaud u

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-18 08:59

      screwed up justice system in this country!!

  • Deana - 2012-05-18 08:55

    Respect to the son! Should have shot both.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-18 08:55

    The man should be congratulated for assisting his parents. He has done society a service by getting rid of another criminal parasite.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-05-18 08:56

    I wish they could give feed back on what the court decides to do!! Would be a disgrace of they prosecute someone for protecting his family

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-05-18 08:56

    I wish they could give feed back on what the court decides to do!! Would be a disgrace of they prosecute someone for protecting his family

  • Joy - 2012-05-18 08:57

    The country is Banna republic, decide on whether to prosecute the man WTF.

  • NrGx - 2012-05-18 08:59

    How can you prosecute "self defense"

      Squeegee - 2012-05-18 11:13

      The law requires an investigation. People are regularly charged and then later the charges are dropped when it is found that they did indeed act in self defense.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-05-18 09:01

    Why are they even thinking about it?????

      zybt99 - 2012-05-18 09:14

      They are not. News24 just think it will sound cooler if they said he was.

  • Andre Daniels - 2012-05-18 09:04

    If this man does get prosecuted then we as citizens of Cape Town should stand up and voice our disapproval at the injustice of our justice system.

      Matthew - 2012-05-18 09:35

      If you send me the details for any protest to support this guy i'll be there

      Martin - 2012-05-18 09:44

      not just cape town, all provinces must, can someone explain why we as citizens cannot vote in law changes, like the right do defend oneself and others as well as our property, the same as the americans? im asking cos im ignorant of the law

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-18 10:18

      Hi Martin, its the Human Rights Law itself, that is the problem. There are so many clauses in it, that defends the criminal and attacks the victim. And these amendments changed AFTER the ANC took over. They have the power to change it, but refuse. They have the power to bring down the crime rate, but in practice, they seem to encourage it. We are slowly becoming a communist state (like China) - Our 'Democracy' (ie-right to vote on these particulars) is failing at the hands of the inapt, ANC. The more laws they bring in to shut up the public and 'privatize' their own wrong doings, this country will eventually fall apart at the seems by the corrupt, useless and greedy people in charge.

      Martin - 2012-05-18 10:23

      Thank you Peter. Helpful stuff.

  • gary.hagemann - 2012-05-18 09:05

    Give him a medal for doing what the SAPS should be doing, one less scumbag in the world!

  • zybt99 - 2012-05-18 09:12

    News24 reporting BS as usual. The daily voice has the proper story. An inquest docket has been open as in all cases of self defence. The only thing being investigated is the .765 found on the dead criminals possesion not the young man.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-18 09:13

    Prosecute? For protecting his parents against criminals IN THEIR HOME?

  • ryvon30 - 2012-05-18 09:13

    its a pity he did not shoot them all.....

  • i2meleng - 2012-05-18 09:13

    Leave that man alone, and please give him a Bells, one savage off the surface of the earth.

  • michael.vanwyk.33 - 2012-05-18 09:14

    i wonder what the authorities kids would have done2save them.

  • Angela - 2012-05-18 09:14

    If the robbers had shot his parents, they would have said "oh shame, poor robbers they were poor" and nothing would be done about it. This man was protecting his family, the robbers were a threat and should not have been in the house with guns. So sick of the lack of justice in this country! The law-abiding citizens are treated like the criminals. This man is a hero.

  • chazfury - 2012-05-18 09:15

    One less Anc member.

  • sesom - 2012-05-18 09:18

    Prosecute???? Are the Police NUTS???This man must get a medal!!!

  • Samantha - 2012-05-18 09:21

    You go boy!! Your parents protected you when you couldn't, it's only right to try and do the same.

  • bruce.boome - 2012-05-18 09:28

    The courts SHOULD be deciding how large a reward to give him.

      Darryl - 2012-05-18 09:41

      I agree. Maybe they should pay him out what it would have cost us taxpayers for putting him behind bars.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-05-18 09:28

    these days the law is always on the side of the perpetrators,good for you dude,one oxygen thief less

  • Gee - 2012-05-18 09:28

    Great less criminal to worry about.

  • Phillip - 2012-05-18 09:29

    Mmmm... let me think, now - two armed robbers break into your parent's house and threaten their lives. You are legally in possession of a firearm, which you specifically stated on your license application form, was for 'self-protection'. Ah, but did you state that you might also need it to protect your family? No, you didn't, did you? This throws a whole new slant on the case, therefore. You are obviously only licensed to kill someone who is threatening YOU, and so you have seriously compromised the rights of one who is understandably ignorant of what the terms and conditions of your firearm license might be! It would be interesting to know if your parents had posted outside their property adequate warning to potential armed robbers the legend "BEWARE - LICENSED FIREARM HOLDER INSIDE. BE SELECTIVE ABOUT WHO YOU MAY THREATEN." Clearly there has been total dereliction of responsibility here, and severe infringement of the basic human right to earn an alternate living, in the absence of any other formal employment opportunity. Might it even be said that these unwitting victims were deliberately lured into your premises, by mere virtue of it being locked and barred, indicating the presence of the desired valuables inside? No, I'm afraid I can not find any justification for your extreme action, especially in the light of the fact that the incidence of breaking and entering in South Africa is remote, and that any harm to the occupier is the rare exception.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-18 09:35

      Hallo SA

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-18 09:30

    What's there to deside.

  • Sean - 2012-05-18 09:30

    Well done, pity you could not get the other one.

  • Pdevillet - 2012-05-18 09:31

    this is why you own a licensed gun,

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-05-18 09:32

    The court should decide whether to give the man a single or double Bell's. I say the measure should be one tot per dead robber, so a single tot is appropriate.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-18 09:34

    We should be applauding this man,not prosecuting him Has this country gone that far done that we cant even protect our own flesh and blood in the supposed safety and comfort of our own homes?!?! How this can go on and on and on,is ridiculus If a man brakes into my house with ill intention either towards me or my family,i will protect them,myself and out posessions. who is he to just come into my home and take and do what he wants? And is it that,when i protect my home and family, My own goverment by law then protects the criminal?! its sad and disgusting I say well done to this guy you had the courage to do whats needed to be done all over in this country

  • billidp - 2012-05-18 09:46

    "Police said the courts would decide whether to prosecute the man." How can you prosecute a man that shoots criminals in his home, threatening him and his parents? Should we then just invite the thieves in and help them pack our hard-earned goods?

  • ronzaled - 2012-05-18 09:49

    Prosecuted for what now? The guy was protecting his parents, the two idiots were trespassing and threatening the elderly. i hope he could have killed both them idiots

  • Gavin - 2012-05-18 09:51

    you should know by now that it's illegal to shoot an ANC member.

  • borisadrenalin.rushvodkarat - 2012-05-18 09:52

    well done! now hunt down the other one and shoot him as well

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-18 09:59

    So now in South Africa you can't even protect yourself and your family then you are a criminal. What about all the people in Parliament that doesnt get prosecuted and they are criminals. Just doesn't make sense.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-18 10:00

    He won't be prosecuted. They were armed and intruding, you have the right to defend yourself and your loved ones, and any other people who are being threatened. He might have to appear in court. He will walk away a free man, guaranteed. No sane judge will penalise him.

      regardt1 - 2012-05-18 10:25

      let's hope he appears before a sane (and sober) impartial judge then. Do they still exist?

  • jenny.leslietheron - 2012-05-18 10:01

    Give that man a bells

  • jenny.leslietheron - 2012-05-18 10:01

    Give that man a bells!

  • Ryno - 2012-05-18 10:04

    i am sure they will find a way to prosecute him...cops themselfs want to shoot and kill the criminals

  • George - 2012-05-18 10:06

    Another victim of violent crime; luckier than most. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW. People have a natural right to defend their lives and possessions by whatever means if law and order breaks down as they obviously have in SA. The cANCer society has made sure of that.

      Martin - 2012-05-18 10:26

      George i believe we do it regardless of law, from the townships to the suburbs, we take them out before the cops can rescue them and give them a bells and a grant and a tender.

      regardt1 - 2012-05-18 10:26

      no leave the death penalty out of it, let's just apply some mob justice...

  • Pierre - 2012-05-18 10:17

    Don't panic...I'm sure the process of deciding to prosecute is just a formality in any shooting. I had a friend in a similar position, but as soon as the matter was reviewed by court, they dropped the case.

      Martin - 2012-05-18 10:27

      yeah they dont know if its murder or not, they gotta hold the guy while they investigate, just in case.. it makes sense in a wak kinda way. but there should be bells on tap in the cell he is in

      Schmee - 2012-05-18 10:45

      I'm sure they won't be holding the guy either but they will be investigating just to make sure.

  • Nazeem - 2012-05-18 10:38

    well done ,however it must be quite traumatic for the young man,one got away and who knows what can happen next,May the Almighty protect and guide you young man.

  • Davin - 2012-05-18 11:09

    "Police said the courts would decide whether to prosecute the man.". Really?!??! How retarded is this countries law system...

  • Sechaba - 2012-05-18 11:10


      Dylan.rid - 2012-05-18 12:41

      That criminal piece of trash deserved to be shot and his head places on a pike, so everyone including his family and friends can see, these criminals must learn that crime has consequences, something lacking in SA these days.

      Kenny - 2012-05-18 13:00

      @Sechaba - W@NKER!

  • Michael - 2012-05-18 11:18

    There's no way they will prosecute so people RELAX...should have chopped his head off and left it on a stake at the start of the street...VIVA community justice VIVA

  • Peter - 2012-05-18 12:20

    There is no magistrate or judge who would entertain this case. There is no case to answer and I doubt it the public prosecutor would even bring it to court. If the attackers were armed, which the story suggests they were, then lives were in danger, it makes no matter if its your life or someone you have chosen to protect, so long as the force you use is justifiable and your firearm is used for a lawful purpose. Charging someone with murder after a self defense killing is standard procedure and is very traumatic for the person who has rightfully defended his own or the lives of his family, but from a legal point of view will have his name cleared.

  • Philip - 2012-05-18 13:22

    So he has a licensed gun defending his parents and their property from armed and violent attackers, and now he is the one that might end up being prosecuted! Something very very wrong with this!! Was he supposed to be shot or killed first before protecting his family?! Crazy! And did the attackers have "licensed" weapons??

  • gwavu - 2012-05-18 13:41

    Don't prosecute that man,he was just protecting his family

  • hosam.maged - 2012-05-18 13:45

    the police should give him big gift for getting rid of criminal,,and i hope all of people do the same,so they will not prosecute the victims any more ,,,i really respect the people in nyanga when they set the fire on criminals as they found that the only way to clean up their society from this viruses iam sure after that the crime records goes down

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-18 13:55

    Firstly the "stand your ground law" is already covered by our law although the "stand your ground clause" is not. Secondly Prosecuting the shooter is not what is appears to be at first glace, even a police officer must be charged with murder and the case tried by a competent court. its not about seeking vengeance its about ensuring that all parties have divulged the truth and that the incident was in deed one of personal defense.

  • comurray - 2012-05-18 15:56

    The courts will decide on whether to charge the man who shot and killed a robber in the defence of his parents and himself. What utter b**sh#t. He should get a medal.