Weenen couple still in shock

2015-05-05 09:58

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“TODAY you f***ing die,” were the first words a Weenen couple heard from their attackers who had guns pinned against their heads.

And in a two-hour horror ordeal Rudolf and Ranaé Niemand were beaten, separated, had their arms bound, were taken for a ride in their own car and then released in a remote area, handed back their car keys and then given directions to go home.

The bizarre attack last Thursday, which has rocked the small farming community and puzzled police, has left the couple living in a mixture of fear and shock, yet they have refused to move out of their remote home. This despite finding a bottle of “muthi” on their porch left presumably by the attackers on the night of the robbery with what police believe may have pieces of human tissue inside.

The attack, which was reported in The Witness yesterday, has angered the local farming community while Rudolf has also laid a charge against the police officer they found on the road after the attack who simply said “Oh, sorry” and then drove off leaving the panicked couple alone.

The attack lasted two hours starting from when the couple returned from a store they ran in the area late on Thursday afternoon. Ambushed at their gate they were marched inside, where one of their dogs was shot but not killed, and they were bound up and repeatedly threatened with death as the five robbers tried to find any valuables hidden in their home.

“At one stage, one man put a gun on the back of my head and shouted, ‘Kneel on the ground’, but I simply replied ‘I kneel for no one else but God’. He then stepped back, put the gun away and walked somewhere else,” said Rudolf, adding the five men kept on screaming and shouting demanding a specific amount of cash. He recollected how he was hit several times with the butt of a gun while his wife’s head was driven into a wall on more than one occasion. “They kept on telling me they would shoot my wife if I did not tell them where I kept the ‘big money’. They ransacked some cupboards and turned over some beds but throughout that entire process they did not break a single item.”

He said the attackers gradually calmed down as they became aware that there was no big haul in the home.

“They started calling my wife and I Makhulu and Gogo, which are the names by which we are known in the local community. Then after the joyride they called us Mr and Mrs Niemand. The entire affair was really strange. We must have known them but we didn’t at any time make eye contact. I just told my wife not to look at their faces. After the joyride one man said to me, ‘Mr Niemand you can look at who I am,’ to which I replied ‘I would rather not’. He just laughed … They even handed me my wallet back with nothing missing.”

He said he found the police to be “incredibly unprofessional”.

“There was no empathy or patience [from police]. They were like robots and showed little care for our plight.”

He said all the attackers took was a money box from the shop, his two firearms including a rare 16 gauge shotgun, a CD player, an amplifier, alcohol, his shoes and jacket he wore that evening and a pair of takkies.

Police said no arrests have yet been made

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