Robbers attack matrics on party weekend

2012-12-05 10:13

Durban - It was supposed to be a weekend of fun for a group of matrics celebrating the end of school, but it turned into a nightmare when robbers attacked them at their rented holiday home.

Only a few hours after 16 North Coast pupils arrived at their rented a house in eMdloti after their matric ball, they were attacked by six armed men who stabbed one of them, pistol-whipped others and robbed them, the Daily Voice reported.

The robbers took cash, cellphones, laptops and other belongings.

“They were extremely aggressive and not wearing masks. They warned us not to look at them while waving their guns and knives at us,” said one of the boys.

“One of my friends was knocked unconscious after he was hit on the head with the butt of the gun. They kept demanding the keys to the safe. The more we denied [having the keys], the more aggressive they became. They terrorised us for over half an hour.”

The boy added: “It took some convincing for our parents to give us permission for a weekend away. It was supposed to have been three days of fun. We worked extremely hard throughout the year.

“It was a really bad start to the holidays.”

One of the teenagers was taken to hospital with a stab wound. The teens were receiving trauma counselling.

Police confirmed that some members of the gang were believed to have hit another house nearby, where security guards shot at them and killed one suspect.

  • mahlorislash - 2012-12-05 10:25

    School kids??? Really!!! Should have an official funeral for 'morals'

      brandon.gouveris - 2012-12-05 10:53

      @Aceofspades.. Sounds like you were deprived of fun as a school kid or you just jealous.

      Erna - 2012-12-05 11:28

      Ace can't afford to go to the coast to celebrate - has to stay at home.

      Billy - 2012-12-05 15:31

      um guys...? what I got from his comment... "School kids??? Really!!!" - its bad that they attacked school kids "Should have an official funeral for 'morals'" - it seems like moral values are dead or are going to be, or is dying..

      adrian.strydom - 2012-12-06 04:28

      Sometimes comprehension is not the strongest point of News24 readers. He means that he is shocked that pupils were attacked this way, and feels that morality has died ! Sorry Ace, I apologise for all the 'thumbs down' you got. Some people comment before they engage their brains !

      craig.decks - 2012-12-06 08:18

      lol no adrian .. What he means is that school kids of both sexes partying and staying in the same house and doing everything that generally goes with that out of wedlock... Now adrian ... whos comprehension is compromised ?? LOL

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-06 12:08

      Can't believe over 216 people failed English comprehension! I'm with you on this one AceofSpades. When they start attacking school kids and churchgoers its time to take a stand. I guess we should be grateful none of the kids were killed.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-12-05 10:35

    Pity they were not all shot and killed. Get rid of the scum of the earth. Feed them to the sharks.

  • Desi Moodley - 2012-12-05 10:41

    Children alone in a rented house for 3 days!!! the parents need to be charged for child abuse!!! what was it to be sex, drugs and booze oh yes and a final exam in 9 months to win first prize duh!!!!!! seriously some parents are so dumb!!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-05 10:55

      That is a rather conservative viewpoint and how does this justify the crime? Don't impose your morals on others either and don't assume things about the kids.

      John - 2012-12-05 11:12

      Most matrics are 18 this makes them ADULT!

      Erna - 2012-12-05 11:29

      What is wrong with you people? Most matrics are 18 when they leave school. Much younger children get up to much worse things while at home.

      gouws.estelle - 2012-12-05 11:32

      *facepalm* uhm, as John said they are most probably 18. It is a tradition for many school leavers to celebrate the end of school with some sort of holiday - usually at the coast. Desi, you are attacking the wrong people. You should be this angry at the criminals, not the parents.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-05 14:51

      Why so Mood-ey

      mandelz - 2012-12-05 15:17

      That is sooooo not true, parents who keep their children locked up are creating criminals. Rather let the go and experience life first hand. Your matric vacation is one of the vacations that makes the best memories. I had mine in Margate, a house fulled with 5 friends being both male and female. We party'd rough I must say but NO ONE got pregnant of on drugs. We had the time of our lives and to be honest we are all successful now in what we chose to do with our lives. So please be more realistic with your comments!!!

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-12-05 18:51

      Desi - I would hate to be your child. Will only be allowed to start dating at the age of 40 under your reign...

      shannon.canovi - 2012-12-05 20:47

      Desi, these kids are innocent victims! Sort out your own insecurities be it sex, booze

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-05 10:46

    99 year lease and safety. Almost everyone knows this. You go to the North coast and especially the South coast you are risking your life!

      doret.venter - 2012-12-05 21:07

      Please, anywhere in South Africa your life is at risk!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-05 21:47

      Let me know where you can find a 99 year lease in SA and I'll show you a place where you can be safe. There is no such thing as a 99 year lease in SA.

  • preggy.govender.9 - 2012-12-05 10:56

    Denis you are an idiot. This is about those thieving and murderous scum plaguing our society. We all need time out to unwind and have a little fun. The article doesn't mention anything about booze, drugs and sex! Where you there?

      preggy.govender.9 - 2012-12-05 10:56

      Sorry Denis whoever you are, I meant Desi!

      John - 2012-12-05 11:31

      These were young adults minding their PRIVATE business doing what all young adults have done forever. The thugs are criminals that need to be removed from GOD'S society.

  • John - 2012-12-05 11:21

    Everyone has the right to do anything that does NOT infringe the RIGHTS of anyone else.These young people were minding their own private business!

  • Erna - 2012-12-05 11:26

    But as long as zuma and his ministers are safe, there is no problem in SA.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-05 11:36

    Low life thugs

  • Pete7930 - 2012-12-05 11:52

    its such refreshing news to hear of the deaths of criminals! I wish this to never ever end. Death to them all !!!

      nancy.navas3 - 2012-12-06 10:55


  • compos.mentis.58 - 2012-12-05 12:16

    So only the robbers scored?

  • maylene.mills - 2012-12-05 12:24

    These thugs/killers have no respect for human lives-I don't do camping, I dont go to resorts/ or rent holiday accommodation-watch & read carefully after the Xmas Holidays how many incidents/robberies/murders/rapes that's gonna happen whilst innocent people are out camping and holidaying during the Festive Season. I don't even feel safe at HOME!!

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-06 07:48

      Proof that we all live in the biggest open prison in the world, our supposedly safe homes being our cells.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-05 12:32

    Support for zuma in KZN is becoming much more overt / blatant. Violently so too.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-05 12:33


      mahlodidavid.morudu - 2012-12-05 20:26

      Sorry for those who injured juring the was moment of kissing high school gudbye than it was nyc thing none of u knew that it will b bad result like this. i wish all of u gudluck juring matric results.think ahead abt ur career n forget about the past.It's about the time to shape up ur future with university of ur choice.tshedisehang n always know that God saved ur lifes.

  • jomar.delange - 2012-12-05 12:35

    Yay for the dead one.

  • kseyffert - 2012-12-05 13:34

    The only good news here. One suspect got what he deserved!

      comfort.mduduzi.39 - 2012-12-06 00:07

      Wrong nobody deserv to die even u even the killers if not how many dead bodies of these evil and demonic women who kill innocent lyfs by abortion

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-06 12:15

      @comfort.. hate to say it but perhaps if these criminals were rather aborted than not loved and raised properly we wouldn't have such a problem with crime? The majority of murderous criminals have suffered some form of abuse and neglect.

      comfort.mduduzi.39 - 2012-12-06 13:38

      Wrong nobody deserv to die even u even the killers if not how many dead bodies of these evil and demonic women who kill innocent lyfs by abortion

  • lenz.davis - 2012-12-05 15:37

    2 of my nephews (Straight A students, yes in Maths too if that matters) were part of this unfortunate incident. To those of you who expressed disgust towards the incident - thank you for caring about the good people of society. As for those of you who talk about bad parents, sex, drug, booze, 13% maths etc - you need to have your heads checked. My nephews are decent, respectful, hardworking, morally upright, straight A students. Oh and get this, they have even worked part time through their high school career to strengthen their entrepreneurship skills. Oh and get this, they have both been awarded bursaries for tertiary ed because of their excellence in school. So did they deserve to be celebrating after working their butts off their entire school life, never mind matric - off course!!!. And as for you judging the parents for letting perfectly responsible adults go out for a weekend - which planet are you from. Just because you may come from a world where sex, drug, booze and bad parenting is the norm, don't assume the same for all. This was a terribly unfortunate incident. Our precious children were traumatised and you judge? Get a life cos you clearly dont have one!

      cindy.naude.79 - 2012-12-05 16:27

      it's disgusting how some people will take something totally out of context and forget that the REAL issue is that NO ONE is safe, ANYWHERE!! Hope that your nephews as well as the whole family will recover from the trauma of this horrifying experience, they certainly got an introduction to the 'real world' in the most horrendous fashion.

  • thobeka.njoli - 2012-12-05 15:39

    why is it not clear to everyone that these idiotic criminals work hand in hand with the reservation staff @ these holiday homes: guest lodge/ house b&b you name it. what about tyhe security officers at these places? it's very funny how they never see what happens or rather they turn a blind eye since they are all in cahoots......

  • gladness.xaba - 2012-12-05 16:18

    Pity only one robber killed.

  • Meriska Pillay - 2012-12-05 16:37

    i was there, and to all those people that are commenting and saying our parents are bad need 2 get a life, u all dont know what had happened, and if you don't know our backgrounds and families i really don't think you should be giving your stupid comments. To whoever gave d comment about weekend if drugs and alcohol u honestly know nothing!!! you don't know the kind of people we are and we don't appreciate your FALSE comments... it was the most traumatic experience of our lives!!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-06 12:20

      Don't stress about losers posting drivel.. Well done to you guys for keeping your wits about you and getting out of that awful situation alive. Make sure everyone gets trauma counselling.

  • meriska.pillay.1 - 2012-12-05 17:03

    I was there! And to those people that are criticizing our parents especially @Desi, you know nothing and don't know our backgrounds and families 2 know how we were brought up!!!, to those who commented and said it was 2 be a weekend of drugs and alcohol Do u know us???? No u don't, so don't just assume and say stupid things without knowing FACTS!! YouU can only know the pain n hurt dat we hav experiencd ,if u yourself experince it!! I'm certain you'll b of a different opinion then and @nico you don't have the slightest clue on how we performed at school so don't post your comments about Maths here!!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-12-05 18:37

    Welcome to the 'real world' boys and girls.... Another dozen matriculants looking at jobs overseas.... and I don't blame you. Go for it. You have no future in SA.....

      comfort.mduduzi.39 - 2012-12-05 23:41

      Its sad and hopeless for south afrika its crime second after another I thnk every some take care

      comfort.mduduzi.39 - 2012-12-06 13:40

      Its sad and hopeless for south afrika its crime second after another I thnk every some take care

  • thozi - 2012-12-05 18:47

    At least the dead one will be able to lead the police to his Mafiosos, then they'll 20 years each.

  • J9.Sunkeran - 2012-12-05 20:06

    Here I am... 1 of the victims of this crime, reading your pathetic comment Desi Moodley. First of all, HOW CAN YOU BE SO DUMB to post such a disgusting thing? You have no right to judge our parents, who have brought us up so well and responsibly, that they can trust us to go on overnight stays with friends. We, like any other matriculant finishing school, were celebrating our completion of high school. Perhaps you are such a dumb parent because instead of sympathizing with us, you are giving your worthless comment. We are traumatized and hurt but at the same time thankful to God that we are alive. You need to grow up. I will pray for your brains to start functioning :)... And we are very responsible. We know our limits. Its not about sex, drugs and alcohol, its about us having a good time. And whoever had a fat lot to say about results, most of the learners who were there are A students. So i suggest you watch what you say. At the end of the day, its the criminals fault, not ours, or our parents. Thank you to all the others for your support:) It means a lot!

  • justin.simpson.54584 - 2012-12-06 07:52

    @Micheal "OMG your country is in such a mess"??? WTF!! GO STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE BLOODY SAND. I have lived here for 41 years and will not leave unless the lives of my wife and children are threatened. I AM STILL HERE!!!

  • zs5zk - 2012-12-29 10:32

    South African National Sport.

  • John James - 2014-02-17 09:10

    kill these bastards. they do not deserve to have life, especially when you try to take others or instill fears in those who have the right to it.

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