Wife watches as husband murdered

2013-01-30 09:27

Bloemfontein - An elderly woman had to watch as armed robbers stabbed to death her husband as he was lying in bed next to her.

Pensioner Gordon Bazzard, 75, died and his wife Annette, 67, was stabbed several times in the chest and neck with a knife from her own kitchen, reported Volksblad.

The robbers broke into the couple’s Bloemfontein townhouse at about 02:00 and tied up the woman, taping her mouth shut after forcing her to give them her PIN code to her bank account.

After the robbers left, Annette Bazzard managed to call her daughter and was taken to hospital.
Reverend Wollie Grobler said he was devastated by the news of the attack.

“It is awful. They are wonderful people, helpful and gentle and would give up everything to help others. She doesn’t deserve it. He doesn’t deserve it. They are not difficult, aggressive people.”

The two attackers, who fled in the couple’s Mercedes Benz with jewellery, bank cards and cellphones, were later arrested by police.

R1 000 had been withdrawn from the attacked woman’s bank account.

A police spokesperson said the men broke down a security gate in the complex to gain entry.

  • robert.gould.395 - 2013-01-30 09:36

    Sick Bastards! Hope they get stabbed in prison... RIP

      JManAtheoi - 2013-01-30 09:46 prison...yes...sadly they'll go to prison, and the tax payer is paying for them....they should be hanged on the spot.

      fly.onthewall.54 - 2013-01-30 14:01

      Hang them high!!!

      joemarshe.push - 2013-01-30 14:26

      The death penalty is the only way to deal with these bastards.

      pc.myass - 2013-01-30 14:40

      @ProvenBl4d3 - January 30, 2013 at 14:20 "They will probably get raped in prison. Prisoners dont take kindly to people who hurt the elderly and woman" I think you live in a fools paradise where there is honor among thieves...some hieracrchy of certain crimes that are condoned whilst others are frowned upon. They killed white people...they will be welcomed as "heroes of the struggle". If they killed black people they will be welcomed as "victims of the struggle". There is no honor system in the deviant mind of the criminal...only their own sick sense of self-righteousness.

      joben.jobes - 2013-01-31 13:47

      Satan will walk past you and you wont even know it. I hope these demons freeze to death.

      amelia.basson - 2013-01-31 17:12

      Our so called "leader" and his hand picked chosen brown nosed creepers as well as the media are fanning the fires of hatred & racism every time they say something! The police say its just normal crime! Dear Lord where have you ever heard of people tied up and frozen to death in deep freezes, children and elderly forced into baths with boiling water, victims burned with irons and babies heads bashed open on walls? This country needs an intervention or a miracle! Deeds like these are hate crimes fanned by the hateful & racist remarks of our vindictive "leaders" & the media.

      phillip.havenga - 2013-02-02 20:40

      A mans life for R1000? Why do we let the ANC continue to destroy this country? Yes the ANC as they are the Government! They are the ones singing the songs about comitting genocide against a minority and they are the ones stealing this country blind. ANYBODY that supports the cANCer is an idiot plain and simple. It's time we stop letting these racist marxist bastards destroy our country and stand united, all races and kick them the hell out.

  • peter.ndamase - 2013-01-30 09:38

    Animals behaves better than this things!!!

      HappyAgnostic - 2013-01-30 10:02

      You are right. These things are not even human.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-31 21:18

      Nowhere do they refer to the races of the perpetrators or the victims, but from the names of the victims it is easy to see that they were white. And then the MSM constantly refers to these murders as “robberies gone bad” (I am still at a loss as to what exactly a robbery gone good looks like). Throughout this report, one can see how the murderers are constantly referred to as “robbers”…as if they are not that bad… Now, I am not an expert on what the INTENT of the criminals were, but how can the MSM be so sure that it was robbery? Here you have two scum bags breaking into the elderly couple’s home and stabbing the man (75) to death in his sleep right next to his wife (67). Was that really necessary if you just wanted to “ROB”?? What resistance can an elderly man of 75 give the armed “robbers”? To me this looks like murder and terror was the intent and that robbing some cell phones and money was just the reward or the spoils for their effort.

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-30 09:39

    And what will their punishment be? 20 Years and then out after 5 years on parole because our prisons are bursting at the seams.

      Richard Tichauer - 2013-01-30 09:48

      thats if they dont loose the docet

  • ConcernedWorried - 2013-01-30 09:43

    These men need to be treated as wild game and, left to the public for justice, as our courts are to lenient on them. Murder is a joke for them and they score points in jail for killing, maiming, destroying innocent peoples lives. In 3 to 5 years, old shower head Zuma pardons them again and they are right back at it doing it again. They have no regard for any body but them self. That's is why I say, let the public deal with them and make an example of them, like in a bundu-court. If their culture allows it, then we must support that aspect of their culture and do like they do.

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-30 10:12

      Open the Greek Colosseum for the hard core prisoners and let the games begin. NOTE: PRISONERS - HARD CORE. R5-R10 a ticket. No backstreet fighting or kangaroo justice allowed. Alle Sterkte Annette. Mag jy vrede vind in jou hart en die hartseer met tyd ligter word. Regtig Sterkte.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-30 11:18

      In Khayelitsha where I live, they (community) beat croocks like these to death. Got tired of people going to jail today, comes back tomoro. Mob justice will whip the animal out of their brains. Condolences to the family.

      RudiErnst - 2013-01-30 22:22

      @yanga It seems your community has got the right idea - good for you guys! These type of criminals are beyond redemption or rehabilitation. Taxpayers are getting angry and many have realised that every cent of VAT you pay on various goods you buy, goes into the big piggy bank in government to build JZ's house and pay for these crooks to live comfortably in prison.

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2013-01-30 09:45

    When will it stop? When we start to retaliate and attack them in their own shacks! President, stop being so weak and start looking for your balls. Bring back the death penalty!!!!!

  • Jaybeebaby - 2013-01-30 09:46

    PLEASE reinstate the death penalty

      pokum - 2013-01-30 10:11

      I deeply and truely share that sentiment. the laws just seem to protect the criminal, No one understands how bad this is until it happens to you or your can keep a gun but the laws on how to keep it make it almost impossible to use it to save your own life

      heidi.lundie - 2013-01-30 23:28

      The death penalty in the hands of this government will be a great weapon to kill those who oppose them in ANY way. I am for the death penalty but then it should be administrated by a fair government.

  • MerryMartin - 2013-01-30 09:47

    This is just so sick. Senseless killing - what did the murderers think a sleeping/just awakened 75 year old man could possibly do to them? My deepest sympathies to Mrs Bazzard and the family - my thoughts are with you. Peace and blessings.

  • martin.maseko - 2013-01-30 09:48


      HappyAgnostic - 2013-01-30 10:02


      semonatenate - 2013-01-30 13:31

      Simple solution, chuck out all illegal immigrants, my house was bubbled finger prints non traceable. This is bull s, these guys are out to discredit my country so that we must be like them. I think it is time to buy more tyres.

      RudiErnst - 2013-01-30 22:24

      When I read an article like this, I understand why South Africans are xenophobic... I don't condone it, but I see where they are coming from.

  • CrushedIce - 2013-01-30 09:57

    Must be an inside job! Why particularly this couple? My thoughts are with the family.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-30 11:30

      Cruhedice. Stop finding excuses for bloody savages. They were targeted because they are elderly.

      lynne.barker.7 - 2013-01-31 05:49

      Murder is MURDER

  • pokum - 2013-01-30 09:57

    How disgusting, why would do people feel that they are entitled to other people's things and lives...its not a white or black thing its a savage beasts feeling entitled to the lives and property of hard working ordinary south africans, this is just too much now

  • malungisa.samuel - 2013-01-30 09:59

    Guys SA is not like before eversince that showerman zuma was incharge uma is uneducated how can he lead us people get excited when he is dancing and white people are dying like a flyies and is not only them also blacks here in SA we will be like zimbabwe because of a stubbon showerman

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-30 23:36

      Yanga I don't think Malungisa means any disrespect. The citizens are angry and lashing out because we are fed lies about crime rate dropping but every day we read articles like this.

  • boer.seun.568 - 2013-01-30 10:00

    High time that the public engage in so-called bush trials with immediate action on these scum.

  • shadrack.motshwara - 2013-01-30 10:01

    Senseless kilin

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-30 10:03

    Just another crime statistic - right?

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-30 10:09

    I can't comment on this bec I won't use deceit vocabulary.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2013-01-30 10:12

    these crime laws needs re-vision! thugs ar caught red-handed(100% evidence) they are only taken 2 custody 4 few months n some get R3500 bails, that's ?

  • belnick - 2013-01-30 10:15

    How did they break down security gate in complex without been heard!! Hang these coward brutal killers by their f...#ng balls and whip them dead!

  • Petro Ackermann - 2013-01-30 10:19

    doodstraf vir bliksems soos daai is die enigste straf wat ek hulle sal gee! sies man,hulle kan mos nie mens genoem word nie! sies!

  • nathanjaysa - 2013-01-30 10:25

    RiP to Gordon, and my condolences to the family, what breaks my heart is not more then 12 days ago me and my wife and 2 sons, 6 and 10 was also armed robbed in Pretoria, Wierdapark, 3am 4 black men armed managed to enter my premises, and poisoned my Labrador lucky the Vet treated him and he is OK, symptoms was lying not been active lazy , like a zombie then you know, This is getting more and more a career choice for local criminals and the SAPS is not doing much to do visual policing in the neighboorhood's due to understaffed. If it was not for Monitornet responding in less then 3-4min i guess we would have lost more and maybe gotten worse of,and they managed to capture 1 of them, they had Netcare 911 uniforms on to lure the kids out of the bed without alarming them to main bedroom, i mean .. buggers getting really clever. If they have caught you off guard in a sense of going for your firearm or try to jump them or press the panic button, All i can say don't be a Hero think of your family's life 1st, comply to there demands within reason of been 1 step ahead, if they ask if your car is jacked/tracking device u say NO even if it is they will not know, they will be traced, don't be aggressive to them, and don't make eye contact, and Don't EVER think it would never happen to you. we also have learned this week another tragedy of a house owner that lost his life to save his families life, my he Rest in Peace too and my sincere condolences to his loved ones he left behind.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-30 11:35

      Mathanjaysa. I feel for you and your family. We also know what it is like to be victims.

      shariefa1 - 2013-01-31 02:16

      Yes, same happened to my family. Knife was held to my 2 year old's throat threatening to kill her if I didn't give them more money. Sold my 3 businesses, left many unemployed and left the country. My husband, 4 daughters and I were far too traumatised to remain in SA. I thank the Almighty above for our lives and a 2nd chance. Not many, as we can see gets that. My sympathy goes out to all families that has this experience and today, especially to the Bazzard family. May God give you strength to pull through and carry on.

      cosmic.tone.3 - 2013-01-31 08:12

      Sorry to hear Nathan, It is all our greatest fear, Thats why you have to have plans in place and not to be caught off guard. If they do get that far they will be met by 2 hollowpoints in the chest.

      dustin.wetdewich - 2013-01-31 09:00

      Sorry to hear Nathan, I believe it is a fear all of us have to live with, I think police are too busy patrolling the nightlife areas of Rivonia and Sandton where they can receive bribes from people they pull over to really concentrate on policing in residential areas... I am sure they are short of manpower, but I also think the available manpower is being seriously misused...

  • abner.malema - 2013-01-30 10:33

    Let fight the killings together black and white and stop labeling crime as genocide when whites are killed if u check stats u will realise that more blacks are killed than whites

      phae.rayden - 2013-01-30 10:51

      I would be interested to see these stats Abner, specifically where could we find what races are murdered in their homes during robberies? This is one situation where we have to forget about the sensitivities of racism and look at the problem with honesty, because it would go along way to helping us stand together against crime if it is not true, and allow us to demand added government protection and intervention if it is.

      roelfensusanne.mare - 2013-01-30 10:56

      Yea right MALEMA! Percentage wise????

      phae.rayden - 2013-01-30 11:34

      I would also like to see black people genuinely interested in appeasing the fears of whites in this regard, by demanding to know if they are indeed being murdered out of hatred in their own homes. It is difficult for me to find instances where black people are murdered in their homes during robberies, and never have I heard of this being done by white men. I am being specific in mentioning murder during home robberies, because it is where this perception is being created. We need to seperate catagories of crimes to be able to see the patterns and stop them. We've always had strong white movements and objectors to race related incidents against black victims, it would be powerful if we saw this type of concern reciprocated, especially regarding the obvious and unquestionable farm murder situations.

      phae.rayden - 2013-01-30 12:24

      Abner this is not a challenge, its is an honest attempt at understanding why we have such different takes. Where do your stats come from. If black people are being murdered in their homes for their possessions I would love to know, because this country then suffers from an even more enormous psychological madness than previously realised, and we must all demand some kind of action against these terrorists.

      heidi.lundie - 2013-01-30 23:37

      Abner, it is true that more blacks are being killed, but they are NOT killed only because they are black. This is genocide. I feel for everyone in this country that is affected by crime. We all hurt and feel pain, but it is as if the authorities turn a blind eye. As long as Zuma has his fancy houses and luxury he does not care about anyone else.

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-01-30 10:34

    its so unbelievable how humans can be so cruel when will these senseless murders gona end and treat each other with respect we need devine intervation

  • gareth6pike - 2013-01-30 10:38


  • gareth6pike - 2013-01-30 10:39

    often it is not just murder: its torture, rape... even old people. check out the story re siblings murdered 5 years ago on IOL. this is not 'normal' crime going on in SA. this is hate crime.

  • medunsa.nkhatho - 2013-01-30 10:46

    No man should kill another man full stop. Let justice take its course.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-01-30 13:15

      They kill innocent babies and defenseless old people and they are allowed to live of the law abiding citizens of this country. Justice? What justice?

      flysouth - 2013-01-31 09:26

      Justice - what justice? These killers will likely never be found since we do no have functioning SAPS. The ANC disbanded the Detective Branch in the 1990s in the asinine belief that detection of criminals would be unnecessary since under their 'democratic' rule, crime would fall away! What idiots govern this land?

  • ruanfrancois.nel - 2013-01-30 10:49

    Bring die doodstraf terug. Watse siek dier gemors kan so iets doen aan 'n ander mens? Ons bly in 'n vrot land!

      heidi.lundie - 2013-01-30 23:41

      In 'n vrot land sal die doodstraf net nog 'n manier wees om van mense wat hulle teestaan ontslae te raak. DINK bietjie!

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-01-30 10:52

    It is abundantly clear from the reports that we read - and remember most of the murders and rapes are not reported - that we are faced with a civil war in this country. A war in which the one side, the criminal, is subject to no rules of any kind and may use all means to attack, maim and kill his opponent. The other side, the law abiding, tax paying citizen, however, is subjected to so many restrictions that he is virtually helpless. He has one hand tied behind his back and other cut off by the LAW that is supposed to protect him. If you happen to be so lucky as to kill your criminal attacker, you are chargedt? It is time that the palying field is leveled and the law abiding citizen has a fair chance in this war. It used to be the law that a man's home was his castle and trespassers could be shot on sight. But now they intrude at their pleasure, claiming to be looking for work, day or night! If Zuma can call for his machine gun, why can I not have one too?

  • martin.vanvuuren.142 - 2013-01-30 10:56

    These animals should be placed in a cage for the rest of their natural lives. Cowardly animals attack and feed of the elderly and the weak!!

  • Justin - 2013-01-30 10:57

    Put them in hydrochloric acid, feet first. Lower them slowly, very slowly. Then pour them down the drain At least they got them, good. All races have to deal with this sht

  • kenneth.loots - 2013-01-30 11:01

    "Wife watches as husband murdered", "Teen's throat slit, foreskin removed", "Free State farm attackers still at large" and "Free State farm attacks just hours apart". No folks, these are not promotional blurbs for another Quenton Tarantino bloodfest movie. These are actual headlines which appeared in the media today. And then the ANC whose inept approach to crime wants us all to proclaim how "proudly South African" we are. Some chance. So long as they misrule this country I am happy to spend my time elsewhere.

  • liz.cresswell.5 - 2013-01-30 11:04

    this type of crime just breeds hate! These criminals will get their day, just like the dogs they are! Scum of the earth!

  • danien1 - 2013-01-30 11:20

    And what is done by our President about it? Taking a shower?

  • arnold.sachse - 2013-01-30 11:24

    The horrible thing is that we not even surprised and shocked by stories like this any more, it wont even make the news of the day. It's just sick what this country has come to and how stuff like this is just "normal every day stuff", this really sucks living like this.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2013-01-30 11:39

    Zuma, we need the death penalty!!!

  • willie.botha2 - 2013-01-30 11:45

    I am really wondering why there are so many horrible deaths. Especially lately. It just seems very strange.

  • brendan.healey.315 - 2013-01-30 11:53

    I knew Gordon personally, he was a friend of my father's. Very sad loss! Bring back the death penalty .... if I got my hands on them it would be a lot worse.

      carina.welman - 2013-01-31 10:33

      @ Moeletsi - Go away... Far far away...

  • maluxionn - 2013-01-30 13:14

    Ja it is so sad to read about this.The criminals takes advantage of our lackluster policing and justice system.these criminals simply don't respect life.If this thing had happened in certain town in the USA or britain or ireland the whole neighbourhood would have been shocked and criminals would be arrested in no time because of zealous and effectiveness from the police.But here it so disgusting to know that police will take forever to arrest those morons.Let a known figure killed in this way no stone will be left unturned till criminals are caught.Ordinary pple we still had to surfer till we change this government

  • ANASKA - 2013-01-30 13:38

    This is the reason i left South AFrica 12 years ago and it seems nothing has really changed - reading everyday all the news i got to know more about SA's very deep problems - it makes me very very sad that your beautiful country is sprialling into such deep darkness - In April i will be in SA for a holiday and will ofcourse experience first hand - I lived in South Africa for 40 yrs and grew up with "Apartheid" and then the abolishment of it - I was very positive the first couple of years, but unfortunately things got so bad in SA, i could not survive the hatred the blacks has towards the whites - IT IS DISGUSTING!! Zuma is one evil man!!

      mondli.botha - 2013-01-30 16:51

      What about Caucasians hatred towards blacks?

      ndifelanip2 - 2013-01-30 17:45

      As crime Geting out off hand Justice must Be Done eye For an eye

  • lisa.staden - 2013-01-30 13:44


  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2013-01-30 14:12

    Spend some more on Nkandla J.z Kand. We live in a Fu#kup land.

  • johan.germishuys.1 - 2013-01-30 15:11

    Mense mense doe dom etters woord voorgese deur hoog geplaasdes om 'n skrikbewind te lewer. Hulle doen dit om 'n punt te bewys. Mense wees veilig en bewapen julle self en as jy iets hoor of sien skiet eers en vra later vrae. Dis al... SKIET die BLIKSEM in jou huis soos 'n sleg hond vrek

  • Azwihangwisi - 2013-01-30 15:29

    take them to townships. Mob justice!

  • sbisschoff - 2013-01-30 16:24

    I am just sickened! What threat could these elderly people possibly have been? We desperately, desperately need the death penalty back.

  • william.bromehead - 2013-01-30 16:50

    crime is getting out of hand elderly targetted BRING BACK CATOR MANO COPS

  • Marie - 2013-01-30 18:21

    Yes to hang the rubbish! Anc constitushon is protecting the criminals That is the reason that wee are slaughtered in our homes Hijacking our cars with our children shoot us mercilessly and wee have to pay a lawyer to answer in the court Sick! Saria Law? Any Law that wipe them out!!!

  • philip.dewaal - 2013-01-30 20:08

    Please hang the bastards

  • john.reed.92505956 - 2013-01-30 21:53


  • david.eccles.182 - 2013-01-30 23:24

    Kill the basterds!!!! the sick f***s.

  • heidi.lundie - 2013-01-30 23:52

    Reverend Wollie Grobler said he was devastated by the news of the attack. “It is awful. They are wonderful people, helpful and gentle and would give up everything to help others. She doesn’t deserve it. He doesn’t deserve it. They are not difficult, aggressive people.” Does this mean that difficult, aggressive people deserves to be slaughtered? What if you are only difficult? Does that mean you deserve to be raped? Maybe we should consider what we say and what it means before saying it!

  • mark.ntemi - 2013-01-31 01:11

    And then u will see the lawyers running 4their lives 2court &defend these craps! what a wonderful world! surely the other bunch of human right group will again come up with stupid ideas defending these arsals!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2013-01-31 05:48

    Poor people - at their age - hope the police get these murderers and lock them for life