SA couple attacked by group in Zim

2012-09-10 09:06

Johannesburg - A couple from Nigel have been seriously injured during a brutal assault by a group of men in Zimbabwe.

Long-distance truck driver Gerhard van der Westhuizen, 58, was last week driving his truck with his wife Minnie, 55, when they decided to take a break outside Bulawayo, reported Beeld.

The couple’s son, GC said four men had come “out of nowhere” and assaulted his parents with pangas and tar poles.

They managed to fight off the attackers and get help, after which they were flown to South Africa for medical treatment.

Gerhard was in a medically induced coma and Minnie was recovering from several stab wounds.
“We suspect that the group of men wanted to rob them or maybe take the truck.”

His father’s wallet and driver’s licence and his mom’s jewellery were stolen.

His father had sustained a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, a broken right arm and bruising to his back from where he was dragged across the road.

“My parents are very religious people and we just want to ask that people pray to the Lord and ask for a miracle because my parents are really going through a very difficult time,” said GC.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-10 09:28

    Zimbabwe its a country nobody wants to talk about, South Afric, is fast heading the same way. Fraud, Corruption, Murder, Striking and discrimination, everything has been fiddled from the justice system to the churches, asking for blessings to continue with their destruction. What is going to happen, Zimbooooo boooo is going to get a nice fat cheque from south african taxpayers.

      The.OT.Oracle - 2012-09-10 10:21

      All the things you list are not unique to Zimbabwe and in fact are more prevalent in South Africa...

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-10 09:57

    terrible world we live in, I'm prying for you guys. Thank GOD you are alive and I pray that HE may give you a complete healing.

      koo.doyle - 2012-09-10 12:31

      EddyDeepfield you are not the arbiter of what does and doesn't exist. Show some respect and let people believe what they choose instead of stuffing your opinions down everyone's throats. Why not for once, take your head out your backside and look at the sentiment being expressed here, instead of using this forum as your personal soapbox to bash others' beliefs.

      peter.huxham.9 - 2012-09-10 12:47

      Strange thing Eddy what Christina said was positive and showed a level of human compassion, yes we have that capacity, what you have said is not even relevant to the article. I don`t think the victims care for science, calculus or mathamatical proof at this stage.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-09-10 12:54

      Koo - Faith is not a virtue nor is it a method for discovering anything that is objectively true. The Bible was written entirely by humans. There's nothing divine in it. All Gods are created in the image of humans... and human minds are the only place they reside. At least that is what the evidence shows. Should there ever be evidence to assume otherwise, I'm sure scientists will be testing, refining, and honing that evidence for their own benefit as well as the benefit of humanity.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-09-10 13:00

      Peter - read my comment above to Aeon. How is providing false hope in a non existence God relative to this tragedy? Christian faith is blindness to manifest horror in favour of comfort it is ignoring a catastrophe, a cataclysm, a tragedy and rather looking for anything to indulge their insatiable lust for feeling good. It is like hiding horror from children who are unable to grasp and handle that horror. When a three year old is engulfed by fire caused by an exploding fire lighter at a braai, God is praised that the Doctors save the child, instead of questioning as to where “was he” and the guardian angels before the explosion. God never gets the blame. It is always mankind and the devil. Where was God to protect this couple before the attack? After the event is a bit late to invoke God onto the scene.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 10:07

    Humans do not behave like this! Barbaric, SAVAGES!!!!!!

  • kuvha.tshilamatanda - 2012-09-10 10:07

    lazy people are very good on acting like savages,why dont you ask if you really in need,why hurting other people,after hurting them you gonna jump the border to south africa to beg for a job from the very the same people you wanted to kill,stupid savages!

  • Peter Mongwane - 2012-09-10 10:18

    Eddy,how old r u? r u normal? were u raised by ur parents or u grew up wit animals?

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-09-10 10:21

      Peter click on my moniker.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-09-10 10:42

      Knowing about science and why it works is a liability to the religious-minded individual; it leads to doubt because it shows that the world is not the magical, spiritual place the Bible would have us believe.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-10 10:18

    Zimbabwe = hell. Just stay out people. The zimbabweans don't even want to be there, look at how many flee to our country.

      willa.prinsloo - 2012-09-10 10:40

      Still a paradise Peter.Still safer than SA

  • zone.meiring - 2012-09-10 10:21

    Breaks my heart that a hard working couple had to go through this. Sending you well wishes and prayers of speedy recovery. Hope you find the strength you need to overcome this and to forgive those who did this. Forgiveness has the power to set free and heal. All the best.

  • cvuma - 2012-09-10 10:33

    These brutality happens all over the World but it depends on how the media state the storry. Zims attack each other, SAs attack each other as well, thugs attack anyone, anytime, anywhere. We wish u a speedy recovery.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-10 10:34

    Do we still have to issue that R817m loan to Zim? I think its high time we revive Xenophobia because Zimbabweans are busy enjoying themselves in S.A on our expense

  • dmbahera - 2012-09-10 10:40

    Being Zimbabwean, it makes me embarrased and very sad, actually very angry. How can this happen in what we thought was a country of peace loving people, of course save for the blood-thirst politically warped minded ones. My heart goes out to the van der Westhuizen family at this trying time. I can only wish them a speedy recovery and that the Lord passes by their door when he visits with his blessings.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-10 10:51

    Gone are the days when you could stop on the side of the road in Zim and catch a few zzz's.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-10 10:56

    Is this xenophobic retaliation? But sorry those were wrong peaple.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-10 11:08

    Eddy-Its like thiis when someone has been denied sexual breakfast by his wife.(laughing)

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-09-10 11:34

      Harold - That was quite funny, one of these days you will be a real wit at the moment you are a half wit.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-10 12:07

    Bloody savages.

  • robyn.hillman - 2012-09-10 12:14


  • matrubalenta.shelower - 2012-09-10 12:27

    Can't somebody, won't somebody pls tell me whats going on in dis world?????? God forgive us for all the Bad things we do, n mae he show us lyt to good life! I mean why should u hurt ur brada n sista? Lets live d good life pipul pls

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-09-10 13:02

    These is very bad indeed,(racial discrimination amongst ourselves)Africa will never be united if our leaders who are in power currently not addressing racial segregation in parliament. What I know black,white,colored,indian, they also practice racial attack amongst each other. W2W,B2B,C2C,I2I

      Victor Khoza - 2012-09-10 17:54

      hey wena pinkies are not african.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-10 13:11

    Its funny that they refer to us as pigs when it suits them but they still come to eat at the trough. Whites do more good for blacks who seem to think its their right. Let me see blacks going into the townships giving out blankets and food. Let me see blacks going helping to build houses and donating their enrichment. You cant even get these self enriched guys to buy a raffle ticket for R10. So when times get tuff my advice to you is stay away from the pigs go and eat with hyena's. Problem people like you have a pea brain and you give a lot of black people a bad name. There are many blacks that are also being murdered. Grow up and take off your dark glasses they are blinding you. This country is as much ours as it is yours and just because we pigs fight for the good of all and you follow another agenda whereby you believe the manna is going to fall from heaven, then good luck to you, until then keep that pea brain in check. It does'nt matter whether a person is green red purple black or white, nobody deserves to be die or be treated in this matter. If you want to steal, you dont have to kill.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-10 14:46

    I don't believe that this attack was unprovoked. Unlike SA where you can get away with swearing at blacks in otherr 9ountries you may lose your life for it. Speedy recovery all the same.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-09-10 18:07

      lol, shame, your hate is blinding you! So you're saying they just stopped next to the road to swear at some armed black people...

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-09-10 15:54

    White person going into Zim = Deathwish

  • Mhluleli - 2012-09-11 06:27

    Zimbabweans they refer their country as a paradise!!how something like this happen? Very disappointed and angry at the sametime.

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