Robber shot dead in home shoot-out

2012-11-17 09:07

Durban - A family attacked by robbers in their Southbroom home survived unscathed when a relative surprised the gang and shot one assailant dead.

Two accomplices fled without any of the spoils they had come for, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The husband, wife and their child were relaxing in the lounge of their Southridge Road home on Wednesday night when three men with their faces covered entered through an open door.

Wiid, who declined to identify the family, said the robbers demanded cash and cellphones, and started tying up their victims.

Opened fire

However, another family member, who was elsewhere in the house, locked the door when she heard the commotion and phoned the man’s son-in-law, who arrived armed with a shotgun and accompanied by other individuals.

When they walked into the house and confronted the gang, the robbers opened fire on them and the son-in-law allegedly fired back.

One robber died at the scene and the other two ran away. The family was not hurt.

Wiid said Margate police were busy following up leads and arrests were expected shortly. A case of house robbery was opened.

Wiid urged residents to take precautions as crime picks up with the festive season approaching.

“Residents are urged to keep security gates and doors locked. Keep valuables out of sight and locked away. Contact numbers of emergency services and family or friends should be kept ready, close at hand, for assistance in emergency situations,” she said.

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-17 09:13

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. "shoot first, shoot straight"

      BulletProof. - 2012-11-17 16:45

      Very Good Shoot them, otherwise they will go to jail and the following week Mr ZoooMA put them out.Budy Budy thing.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-17 17:16

      Skiet hom boet!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-11-17 17:29

      “Residents are urged to keep security gates and doors locked. Keep valuables out of sight and locked away". Let me sum this up for you mr officer! Residents are urged to shoot to kill, survivours should be shot at again! my tax should go to good use and not paying for Christmas meals and presents for these criminals behind bars.

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-11-17 19:05

      As good as a Bok win.Mat there be many more.

      NickvanGraan - 2012-11-17 19:59

      Typical cowards! shoot back and they bolt like jack rabbits!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-18 08:18

      Sportsman of the year award

      jody.beggs - 2012-11-18 10:36

      Give that man a Jameson ...

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-11-17 09:17

    Now thats what you call "a son-in-law"...well done

      DraganTrenk - 2012-12-20 15:22


  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-17 09:18

    What a pity he didn't shoot and kill the other two bastards as well.

  • maybin.chimbwe - 2012-11-17 09:18

    Good job

  • Jacques - 2012-11-17 09:20

    That's awesome! Shotgun nogal, jeepers. Glad everyone is ok. How there's even a debate about gun ownership is a disgrace...

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-11-18 00:14

      The ANC want the public unarmed so they can do as they please. An armed public is a threat to communists. That's why one of the first things they did was to get everyone to hand their guns in for a 'safer' South Africa. Even the bleeding heart anti-gun lobby were paraded as experts on this. And now? Let's see who is armed and who isn't and who is making SA unsafe! Yes, the armed CRIMINALS. Where's the gun lobby now?? Hiding behind their safety gates and alarms?? Bunch or idiot government puppets.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:05

      Interestingly Amanda our President has even built a bunker as he feels so threatened and has to have numerous bodyguards living in just in case. Kind of demonstrates that guns being removed hasn't really worked. If he wants respect and for us to consider him as the upholder of our law why is he not leading by example? It's amazing that with the majority behind him he is p--pbang enough despite his spear and umshini wam to want a bunker a la Hitler and Gaddafi.

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-11-17 09:21

    Open door....rookie error. Gun Free South you didn't see this one coming?

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-11-17 13:44

      You MUST understand that in SA one has to live in a prison so that the criminals can run free. Keep your doors and windows locked and when driving as well

      art5SA - 2012-11-18 05:05

      Patsy... not to forget the "SMASH n GRAB FILM"...... It is so SAD....!!!

  • likeitis.insa - 2012-11-17 09:25

    should have taken 2 with the shotgun... well a 50 percent conversion rate is not too bad....

  • nevessuzy - 2012-11-17 09:26

    Great news!! Wish we could read more reports like this everyday. Pity the other two are still on the loose and able to continue their nonsense elsewhere.....

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-17 23:30

      I doubt those two thugs will attempt anything like this again any time soon. I hope.

  • eugene.j.baloyi - 2012-11-17 09:27

    Give that man a Bells!!!

  • brendan.daly.581 - 2012-11-17 09:27

    Give that man a bells!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-18 08:24

      I would rather attend a court case than a funeral

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-11-17 09:34

    Dont be suprised if the guy who saved the family could face an investigation as well. This justice system can never be trusted.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-17 09:56

      Exactly my initial thoughts too.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-17 11:10

      What to me is really sad is that the son-in-law was FORCED to kill someone to protect his family! Hope he can cope with the negative emotions which will affect him for life. Well done - nice shooting - one for the good guys!!

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-11-17 11:30

      @lesley, i think we have to come to a point where we can have exceptions on what you have just said. Its true though, i never even stabbed anyone till my age and never got stabbed either so i think it might really be a bad expirience if you are forced to commit one of these.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-17 12:11

      @mzwandile - Not sure why someone has given you a thumbs down unless they didn't understand or I don't? (understand you, that is) I think most of us, if put under severe pressure like this family and S-I-L were would react in the same way and worry about the consequences later. Must have been a pure adrenalin rush "fight or flight' scenario. We have been targeted by 'affirmative shoppers' more than once, fortunately when no-one was home. It was both frightening and traumatic so how much worse with armed invaders?! I hope that I (and you) are never put in the same position this family was placed - I will kill anyone who threatens my family!

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 14:31

      @Lesley, my thoughts exactly, sometimes I wish I could see the faces or atleast the views of these people who give thumbs up and down without giving us their views. Sometimes I wonder what are they thinking.

      lesleyb.smit - 2012-11-17 17:41

      @piet - If nothing else the 'thumbs down brigade' could initiate debate on their point of view. Their view may be very valid/thought provoking and enlightening, but I guess we'll never know.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:08

      It is interesting that friends and family with guns were called and not the cops? I wonder why. Maybe we have no faith or belief in the cops actually apprehending these crooks. This is a great shame and a sign of the times.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:13

      Mzwandile, I had a 35 year old man who refused to go into a govt hospital drop dead in front of me in my house as a result of a peptic ulcer. Although I had only known him for 7 weeks I had to have counselling for months for PTSD. I did not cause his death even where this SIL had to shoot someone in order to save himself and his family. Nobody except the crooks actually wants to have to kill someone in order to survive. He will definitely need counselling.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:29

      I tell you though, I love my country and all my people but if you try hurt my family I will break out a kind of crazy that will make your worse nightmare seem like a walk in the park!!

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-11-17 09:42

    The demise of a ruthless thug must always,yes,always, be good news for the law-abiding citizens.Robbing and killing other people because you are poor or for whatever reason must never be an excuse.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-11-17 10:00


  • angelique.p.ervin - 2012-11-17 09:43

    Good, this is such a beautiful country but these evil disgusting humans are ruining it and turning it into a living hell. Well damn done to the guy that shot the piece of crap. Pity the other ran though... I keep a 4800 watt stun gun in my car, and switch it on every time I get in my car, I'm a small women who travels mostly on my own, I'm one B

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-17 09:56

      Hahahaha u're good. Will you Marry me?

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 10:40

      Lol Mawande, you dont waste time neh? You sieze the opprtunity, I'll give you a Bells!

  • janlouis.crafford - 2012-11-17 09:48

    Good thing se calles the son in law, if she called the police first, they would still be waiting for them to show up

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-17 18:42

      This is the kind of security arrangements which everyone should put into place, the first respondents should be armed family, armed friends, armed response and if by some chance the SAPS bothers they can come and clear up the mess. Robbers need to know that if they enter a property they are taking their lives into their own hands.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:26

      Be fair here! Police have their hands full with farmworkers and mineworkers etc and are thin on the ground. When they do their jobs and defend themselves and private property and shoot people then they are seen as monsters so not only do they have to deal with negativity when people get away or are let out of prison they also have to go through a grilling on top of the trauma of being forced to shoot people. That some of these people were running away and shot in the back does not necessarily mean they had not initially threatened to kill the cops in the false belief that they could act without any repercussions from the SAPS. When there are maybe 100 of you and thousands of violent armed people no matter what their cause is charging down on you, I challenge you to wait untill they are right on top of you before firing back. In this type of incident - housebreaking - as in communities executing perpetrators through violent means at their disposal it is still a type of vigilantism. In an ideal society this should not happen but not all of us have bunkers and security guards and nor do we want them.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-11-17 09:49

    Well done to the son-in-law. But why oh why do people not close their secuirty gates. Why have one and not lock the thing. I am a member of our Neighbourhood Watch. it is amazing how many security gates we find open at night. We have seen houses with bedroom doors open to the garden with no security gates at all at that is at 2 or 3 am. Owner says he like fresh air when it is hot. So so the stories go on how slapgat some people are.

      flysouth - 2012-11-17 13:10

      I agree with you Tony - people are still careless, thinking 'it can't happen to me' perhaps. Call me paranoid - today I lock a door after I have walked through it! That way nobody gets into my place by 'mistake'.

      mikel.kiparski - 2012-11-17 14:46

      one fella told me its his right to sleep with his door open

      bobby.jaan.92 - 2012-11-17 16:38

      Why oh why are normal people seen as the 'baddies' when they do not lock themselves up in their own prisons due to the criminal state of this country of ours? I fully support what you are saying, but also believe that it shouldn't be necessary in the first place - stealing from other people is a criminal offence and must be punished - if not, then this is what you get in society. fullstop

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:31

      This isn't slapgat - it is freedom of choice and in a free society. It is also making a statement that you will not allow your freedom to be threatened by the scum of the earth who are too lazy to work and live in a prison when it is the scum who should be behind security gates and walls. It is the same as knowing the odds are high that you could be the victim of a hate attack by sheer chance living here and choosing not to be chased away by a small % of murdering scum and leaving all you love behind to face the same threat because they have nowhere to go.

      sean.crookson - 2012-11-18 11:20

      Tony I hear this all the time, especially from the police. How careless people are etc etc.. It's utter nonsense to put the blame on the victim. We aren't living in a prison or a war zone. The onus is on society and police to protect us. Thus far, even answering 10111 promptly seems to be tricky.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 09:57

    Good shot son in law, I would do anything to get a son in law like you. Makes me think I should get a gun too. I am tired of living like a prisoner in my own house. I worked and continue working very hard for everything that I have, I wont let any idiot take them without a fight.

      flysouth - 2012-11-17 13:13

      Piet - if you can get a gun for defence, then get it - and learn how to safeguard it, keep it safe from 'accidents' (there are no accidents, only careless owners!) and how to use it in anger. Then work on the psychology of gun-defence for the home - you need to get your mind right so that you know when to shoot without hesitation and when not. The more 'good guys' have guns the safer we all are - even the unarmed.

      christoffel.nel - 2012-11-17 14:12

      I will gladly train you to use it.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 14:22

      On point Flysouth. Please also enlist the services of that son in law Christoffel.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-17 10:02

    He must go for more shooting practice, next time he will hopefully eliminate all of them Good story with a perfect ending!

  • shaun.dragt - 2012-11-17 10:02

    Good shot! You should teach the cops and security company's how to shoot!

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-17 10:03

    Good job! Bet those others are crapping their pants right about now they know their friend has as many holes in his body as he has in his brain

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-17 10:03

    Good job! Bet those others are crapping their pants right about now they know their friend has as many holes in his body as he has in his brain

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-17 10:09

    I say give tht son-in-law another daughter... He is damn good. Shoot the bastard!!!!!

  • grant.chancellormaddison - 2012-11-17 10:12

    Well done ,brilliant news to start the weekend off.

  • Martha1234 - 2012-11-17 10:14

    Well done to the son-in-law! So glad there is one less revolting criminal in this world!

  • pieterjohan.westhuizen - 2012-11-17 10:16

    Rather shoot these bastards with a shotgun than a rhino Well done, just another reason NOT to hand in any unlicenced guns

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-11-17 10:20

    Thank God they alerted the son-in-law before calling the revered Police. Imagine!

  • thembapat.mthini - 2012-11-17 10:25


  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-11-17 10:28

    That's great that the family wasn't hurt or worse, killed. South africans must take back our country from robbers,killers and rapists. And if you threaten my life or that of my family's, I will kill you if I have the chance to do so.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-17 10:32

    Give that man a Bells! Best news of the day!

  • maureen.farndell - 2012-11-17 10:35

    Seems only Mandiana is the only TROLL around today....... and then with very little to say that has any intelligence.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-17 10:36

    Go on my son!

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-11-17 10:37

    Its becoming more common for the people of SA to resort to self rescue instead of asking the police. We are paying taxes for roads, public service, etc yet the government still demands their portion even though there is noithing in return. I see the government buildings burning anbd soon.

      Zahir - 2012-11-17 11:25

      don't think we have a functional govt the country is running without one result is chaos and crime

      flysouth - 2012-11-17 13:15

      A gun in the hand is always better than a cop on the phone.

  • justsayingagain - 2012-11-17 10:40

    Way to go ouboet....hope the bastard did not bleed all over your carpets!

  • wilhelm.snyman.1 - 2012-11-17 10:47

    A Chinese friend of mine left SA years ago, having lived here for 6 years and said: "In China we also have poverty, but we don't kill each other for a cellphone." I'm sorry, but a lot of this mayhem in SA is cultural. You can blame apartheid, the whites, the water, your mother, your father, your Post Toasties, what have you, but a lot of it is just damn cultural.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 11:33

      So, do you mind telling us which culture is that? Enlighten us Wilhelm.

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-11-17 11:56

      I dont agree, but its time for the good blacks to start talking against crime. Lots of them stil look past crime. How many times have i heard about cars, people etc getting stolen where people sits and sell fruit but they never see nothing. A guy tried to rob my mom the other day in broad daylight at a taxi rank. Nobody even tried to help her? Wtf? If i see someone trying to rob a lady, man, child, black, white, brown, pink or purple i would go and help!!! The mind set should definitely change

      vandeventer.sarel - 2012-11-17 11:56

      I dont agree, but its time for the good blacks to start talking against crime. Lots of them stil look past crime. How many times have i heard about cars, people etc getting stolen where people sits and sell fruit but they never see nothing. A guy tried to rob my mom the other day in broad daylight at a taxi rank. Nobody even tried to help her? Wtf? If i see someone trying to rob a lady, man, child, black, white, brown, pink or purple i would go and help!!! The mind set should definitely change

  • JamesMWood - 2012-11-17 10:48

    I love it they called a family member and not the police!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-17 18:44

      Remember the article last month that 58% of calls to 10111 are ignored?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:39

      To be fair the police also receive a lot of hoax calls from plain stupid naughty or drunk people which wastes their time.

  • - 2012-11-17 10:58

    In defence of the Southbroom cops - they're a great bunch and on a number of occasions when I have had to call them they have been here with in two minutes. Very pro-active and involved with the community. Up until this incident the village has reduced its crime rate to an all time low.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-17 11:00

    Should have had a couple of this guy in De Doorns over the week.

      schalk.jonker.1 - 2012-11-17 13:37

      just the su in-law would have been enought! he just need a bit more ammo......

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:37

      Um not really warranted during a strike is it?? Please we don't need more unnecessary bloodshed!

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-17 11:02

    You are stupid man!!!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:37

      i take it you referring to Louis and Schalk's comments?

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-17 11:03

    Excellent result. My only concern is that the law is a bit of an ass and that the hero had to wait for the robbers to open fire first before using his weapon. Quite illogical really. I do realise that the law is trying to prevent the willy nilly killing of people entering your property but perhaps this is too heavily weighted in favour of criminals.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-17 18:48

      I'm a bit rusty on the exact law but I don't think that we have to let them shoot first - as long as we reasonably feel that our lives are in immediate danger.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:45

      Yes, look at what the cops in Marikana are being put through simply because they tried to defend themselves and then people ran. Training perhaps should teach them to fire warning salvoes first b ut they probably did so. Then there are the people who take part in violent destructive protests affecting innocent workers who want a policeman punished for killing someone in the Western Cape. One doesn't run towards a fire and if one starts while you are there then you run for safety if you can't extinguish it. If you keep running towards it t, you must have a death wish.

  • xolani.ndimba - 2012-11-17 11:10

    dissapointed that the other one escaped. Now SA has one problem roaming the streets; problably planning the next move already. But, happy that the family weren't hurt

      luvo.luvos - 2012-11-17 12:11

      The robbers broke into my house last year and stole a whole lot of goods and shat on my coffee table then wiped their asses with my curtains. Of course they haven't been caught up to now. The law is definitely a double ass.

  • Wayne - 2012-11-17 11:15

    Unlocked door,They where lucky. Negligence

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-18 10:48

      You know what? "They" were not lucky - they had a contingency plan and make no mistake locked doors does not keep these people out no matter what the security co may tell you. The scum who walked in were definitely NOT lucky and that is how it should be.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:39

      Gail it could all so easily have gone the other way. If you are negligent you are an easier target.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-11-17 11:21

    "A case of house robbery was opened." Why not add attempted murder to that as the robbers shot at the rescuers.

  • Zahir - 2012-11-17 11:22

    Great news kill one dog kill all

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-11-17 11:30

    Why do civilised people have to live like this, in their own jail in their own house, wrong wrong wrong

  • brettageorge - 2012-11-17 11:34

    I have no sympathy for these robbers, shoot them all in the head, the world will not miss them

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-11-17 11:52

    @Mandiana Just who are they then,10 cases of beers they are as described.They did not jump out of a ufo.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-17 12:06

    Superb job done, the guys who kill robbers should be made national heros and have monuments named after them. We're sick and tired of this crime.

  • thaven.naidoo.3 - 2012-11-17 12:08

    Nice one. Varke!!

  • andy.zondi - 2012-11-17 12:27

    Give that man a Bells and more ammo,\r\nlet's hunt em all down!!! Bring bak the\r\ndeath penalty, criminals don't fear police\r\nor jail because they live lyk royalty in\r\nprisons...its tym to act SA b4 ppl start\r\nleaving in droves, businesses included

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-11-17 12:44


  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2012-11-17 12:48

    great but must be nice to be able to tie their hands and feet and abuse them as they do to others. Than kill the scum point blank. Jack.blacking you are so right SA is breading them like flies.