Robbers try to saw off dad's finger

2012-11-29 09:27

Durban - A Durban man is grateful to be alive after robbers viciously beat him, assaulted him with hammers and tried to cut off his finger to steal his wedding ring.

Lighting designer Douglas Gordon, 55, of Hillcrest told The Mercury he was at home alone on Tuesday when four men attacked him, using tools the family had lying around for their home renovations.

Gordon’s wife was away on a school trip and his children are based in the Western Cape.

He was gagged and lost consciousness several times. They tried to suffocate him with a pillow.

One of the robbers tried to cut off his finger to get his wedding ring. As the finger started bleeding the ring began slipping off and he gave it to them.

The robbers were furious that there was no money in the house and that the safe only contained documents.

“The man with the gun told me to get on my knees and he shoved the gun down my throat. I thought I was going to die,” said Gordon.

The gunman apparently made racist remarks and told Gordon to “say goodbye”.

“I prayed and I don’t know if the gun jammed or what happened, but it did not go off.”

The men fled in his car.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-29 09:46

    Would the minister of safety and security care to comment?

      Sharon - 2012-11-29 10:08

      You KNOW he won't.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-29 10:32

      Thanks Zipper, you have done so much for us. I hope these guys visit Nkandla...

      zambezi.river - 2012-11-29 10:43

      Ons vir jou Suid Afrika!

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-29 10:48

      Let us all INSIST that News24 get a comment. They are reporters after all.

      Tawizee - 2012-11-29 11:15

      Unfortunately he is busy at the moment. His fingers are deep in the cookie jar.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-11-29 11:50

      F racist savages, bring back the DEATH PENALTY for people like these criminals and Johan Kotze!!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-29 13:13

      He can't comment through a mouthful of KFC.

  • Dereck - 2012-11-29 09:46

    Picture the comments if the perpetrators were white and the victims black.

      manningi1 - 2012-11-29 10:03

      They are the new whites

      frederick.kaczynski - 2012-11-29 14:14

      that day will come.

  • ardenharvey - 2012-11-29 09:49

    God please help us...because our government has forgotten us!

      louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-29 09:59


      ardenharvey - 2012-11-29 10:04

      @louis.hager.12: bloody hell Louis... are you correcting my grammar now ... LOL!

  • briana.scott - 2012-11-29 09:50

    it just doesn't end, only gets worse. Each story, each time. It is as though these filth are in competition to see who's home invasion, and beatings are more heinous than the next.

  • gert_swart - 2012-11-29 09:50

    Try to cut off another man's finger for a quick buck! Unbelievable!

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-29 09:52

    Another day in deepest darkest africa!

  • apepler1 - 2012-11-29 09:56

    Hopefully these mother F..........drove into a tree and all died a gruesome death......Hate is an understatement for these cowards with their BIG guns....

  • eve.hemming - 2012-11-29 09:56

    He is one very very lucky man and his prayers appear to have assisted him in some or other miraculous way. Once again barbaric acts of violence displayed and another life almost lost and in this case only for a gold ring! Danger zones need to have more security guards in place it seems, because it does make a difference by reducing crime or at any rate the time frame in which to commit a crime.

      little.learner.7 - 2012-11-29 10:25

      where was god when he prayed the night before for protection and safe keeping!!!!

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-11-29 10:00

    White people are being attacked daily and the Govt. is doing buggerall about it!

      dumi.zulu.31 - 2012-11-29 12:09


      george.frangs - 2012-11-29 13:10

      The black to white ratio in this country is totally disproportionate, so of course there would be more black people committing crime than whites. Just because we don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Besides, the media needs to sell paper, get hits on websites and what not, so of course they'd print this because this type of article gets the most response. What about those 2 clowns who BEAT A MAN TO DEATH because he had a beard and is a Muslim? They're white...

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-29 10:02

    Because we have a president who is more obsessed with a fish an chips add and how it affects his image before BLOEMFONTEIN. Call it MANGA-f@@@ing-UNG all you want. IT's BLOEMFONTEIN. Oh and Zuma, you deserve every bit of every worst disease know and unknown to man.

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 10:04

    Editor this time didn't say who attacked the victim here...but people are quick to say white people r attacked daily...I think blacks, white, indians n coloureds are all attacked daily just that whites get too much media coverage..cry babies

      James - 2012-11-29 10:13

      Lets see, your people were treated as secondary citizens, IE not afforded the same opportunities as white people. Not murdered/tortured or raped weekly - not given the same opportunities. This ended 20 years ago as well but you and your government use it as an every day excuse for your incompetence and sub-human behavior. White people are murdered/raped/robbed and tortured almost weekly (just going on what's on news24) by black people. Yet white people are the cry babies? I don't follow....

      hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-11-29 10:26

      As long as u are in South African soil ANC led government is yours l still be the same for the coming years..u l still dance to their tune whether u like it or not

      anton.meiring.9 - 2012-11-29 10:41

      I cannot wait for the day the ANC will beg europe for food parcels. It will come.

      andrew.arde - 2012-11-29 10:42

      I was in Zambia recently and was out to lunch with one of my clients who happens to be black. The situation in South Africa happened to crop up and one of the remarks that he made struck me as so close to the truth. He said and I quote....."the problem with the majority of black South Africans is, that they have lost all value of human life". You can call us cry babies all you like, but the above statement made by a black man as an impartial observer rings so true!!!

      vluiz - 2012-11-29 10:43

      That's because we have a sense of sympathy towards each other and show compassion when something like this happens. Unlike blacks. Case in point: what colour are the majority of the rescue workers that volunteer at disasters in mostly black countries. Go on, have a look at the footage of the rescue work in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-29 10:52

      While you simply cry for more money for pitching up at the office and wondering what the word "work" means. Or run crying to your 'friends' to get GIVEN jobs you and your ilke are not qualified to do.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 11:27

      Yes, hezekiel, I agree that all colours are being attacked. Question is - who is doing the attacking!

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-11-29 10:07

    Evil Bast***s. BRING BACK THE ROPE

  • markblack10 - 2012-11-29 10:07

    Does the animal in question have love, compassion, remorse, regret, self doubt? These are animals, not humans. I see nothing wrong with public executions of them

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-29 10:54

      I wonder who gave you a thumbs-down.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 11:28

      markblack, animals do not treat their own species like that.

  • freddykranz1 - 2012-11-29 10:07

    Mr Gordon, there is so much of this happening. I am also very happy to be alive today due to an armed robery. I still get nightmares. I wish you a very speedy recovery. The main reason why they came into our house is because Zuma doesnt give them anything. That is the what they told us. Now Government cant say that it is not them causing this, but due to the lack of understanding from the Government, this will continue and the buggers know they can get away with it. our fantastic Government dont care, they are not doing enough for the poor, not enough to create jobs, not enough to support the needy of the country, except create cash cows that enhance their lifestyle and their very own pockets. Well done Government for the wonderful feeling of being safe that you cannot control in the Country. Hope you all rest well knowing that this is going to continue, in every way possible due to your lack of understanding.

      jman.maluleke - 2012-11-29 10:34

      @Freddy, Who said it was a black robbers who attacked a white person here? What if it was a white robbers attacking fellow white south african? You must use your brain before comenting or refrain from commenting at all bcs your comments are baseless...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-29 11:03

      @jman, I know Mr Gordon personally, the attackers were black. Why would white people pass racist remarks to white people?? Apply your mind.

      freddykranz1 - 2012-11-29 11:28

      jman, where in my dialog did i mention colour????? Please before you comment on my comment, make sure you have a valid comment. NO WHERE DID I EVER MENTION COLOUR, i mentioned about ZUMA, nothing about colour. get you facts straight before you comment, and therefore your comment is BASELESS, and you should use your BRAIN to learn to read.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 11:29

      jman, smell the coffee and admit that there is something very wrong with society in SA. Life has no meaning.

  • bmaestro - 2012-11-29 10:15

    these people never cease to amaze me

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-29 10:18

    God bless africa.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-29 10:20

    Unlucky situation that was.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 11:34

      Its not unlucky when you get attacked in your own home. They have no business to be there.

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2012-11-29 10:32

    Bloody heck! Each incident that happens is like a new Saw movie. The criminals are coming up with more and more brutal and savage ways to kill, rape and pillage.

  • andre.smit.94009 - 2012-11-29 10:35

    Crime does not discriminate. We were also recently involved in an armed robbery. Some of the suspects were caught and the witnesses had to id them. Among the victims were all races. The problem we have in this country are all the illegal immigrants who are streaming across our borders and victimising all south africans. It doesn't help that half our police force are involved in these crimes as well, selling weapons and ammunition to the criminals, sometimes even taking part in the actual crimes. Things won't change unless all south africans make a stand and let these criminals know that they are not welcome in our country. Maybe we need to all take the law in our own hands and start terrorising the people who are raping our country.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-29 13:57

      don't lay it at the door of the foreigners. They only make up 20% of the criminals in our jails. Sadly its our own people... Sins of the fathers are being visited upon us? That young people could be so cruel to others?

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-11-29 10:38

    For all those asking where was God. He is alive you dolts. He wasn't burned, mutilated, dismembered, tortured and the gun couldn't fire. Go and see what happens to other murder victims and answer the question yourself.

      Erna - 2012-11-29 11:34

      So now he must be grateful that these things didn't happen to him. Funny that!

  • sipho.dube.92 - 2012-11-29 10:56

    Crime affects us all whether you are green , blue or purple . South Africans can be devided in political affiliation and government policies , however issues like crime needs all of us to work together and say no to crime. We need to reject people that sell drugs in our communities as they are the source of trouble and hence these pity thugs are mugging people to get a quick bug. Pawn shops need to be regulated in such a way that it becomes impossible for them to buy good from criminals. Example ... Government need to have finger print systems that when a person sells something at a pawn shop they scan their finger print and the item is linked to them buy description, serial number and brand as applicable. This system need to be administered by government and police with read access to trace lost items and catch criminals. Shops who do not comply should not be allowed to trade.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-29 11:04

      Now that is applying your mind!

  • sakhile.bryan.mngadi - 2012-11-29 11:05

    As a young South African (19) After Reviewing the comments being made in this story, I can conclude by saying that the ADULTS in this country are wounded! The fact that you would use someone's grief to voice something that has absolutely nothing to do with this story is saddening. In School we are taught to love one another like brothers and sisters! The anger should not be at an entire RACE! Nore should it be at government! It should be at the Human beings vicious enough to do this to another! Things like this won't stop happening until we stop making it racial and start making it about crime... Because as young as I am, I understand that even in Norway where the HDI is the hightest in the world... You could be walking randomly on a sunday morning and have a man shoot you and everyone one around you for no apparent reason! Just my 2 cents....

      suash - 2012-11-29 12:05

      What is the cause of crime, why do people turn to it? Poverty, lack of education and sometimes people do it for fun but this is very rare. The first 2 causes can be fixed by the government. The last one is something that can be fixed by having a good up bringing. People are angry because things like these can be fixed by the government. Nobody hates the government because of their race but their lack of care for the public whom the government is accountable to. You should be luck that you live in Norway since the first 2 causes of crime is almost eradicated by the's easy to live in a country with a transparency index of 6 and comment about peoples anger in another country. That's just my 5 cents

  • Erna - 2012-11-29 11:20

    Well, at least zuma is safe in his bunker.

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-29 12:47

    How horific for this man, he is very lucky to be alive, someone is watching over him, I am so glad he survived.

  • charles.robbie - 2012-11-29 22:25

    The same happened to my wife and I... not once but 2x!! Also in Durban!! Whites REALLY need to start arming themselves now!

  • lisa.r.downer - 2012-11-30 06:45

    Violent sons of bi*ches aren't they!? Steal and leave! Why inflict pain and hurt? There are some seriously sick people in this country! God help us! And I am SO looking forward to the Secrecy Bill being passed soon! Just what we need! #sarcasm!

  • mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-11-30 07:43

    Why this a newsworthy!

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