Woman, 80, locked in car boot for 3 days

2012-07-11 10:00

Johannesburg - An elderly woman has been left partially paralysed after a robber pushed her into the boot of her car, where she spent two days and three nights before she was rescued.

reported that well-known Wakkerstroom flower grower Brenda Carter, 80, suffered a stroke during the attack and was now unable to talk, as well as being paralysed on the right side of her face.

She was rescued after a bit of her scarf stuck out from the boot of her Mercedes-Benz and this was seen by a worker.

Her son, David Carter, 50, said his mother - who lived next door to the police station - was attacked as she got out of her car on Friday night. Her handbag was stolen and she was locked in her boot.

“Everyone feels so bad and guilty, because while they looked for my mom over the weekend, they walked past the car several times…No one thought to look in the boot,” said Carter, an artist from Johannesburg.

Temperatures dropped to -7 °C in Wakkerstroom over the weekend and the car was parked outside.

“My mother, who was the life and soul of the town and always ready for a party, can now no longer talk and is paralysed on her right side,” said her son.

Carter is currently being treated in hospital.

A former employee has been arrested in connection with the attack.

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-07-11 10:05

    This country is finished!! Helpless old lady!! These bastards should burn for their crimes!!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-11 10:12

      What is an appropriate punishment for these scum? Life?

      mofstok - 2012-07-11 10:39

      Words cannot express my feelings of anguish, anger, and utter outrage at what was done to this woman. She is one of thousands upon thousands of South Africans who are the faces behind the crime statistics. May swift and brutal justice be visited upon the bastards who did this.

      Lulama - 2012-07-11 10:58

      this is very sad

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-11 11:16

      These criminals do not value life. Why should we value their lives? Bring back the death penalty!

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-07-11 10:07


  • Koos - 2012-07-11 10:07

    Why can all the criminals JUST F'ING DIE!

  • steve.bolton.319 - 2012-07-11 10:16

    Lost for words........

  • sesom - 2012-07-11 10:20

    Hang this bastard...

  • Frankly - 2012-07-11 10:22

    Oh wow, what strong men you criminals are, attacking old men and woman who can't do anything to protect themselves. Does it make you sleep well, thinking of how you overpowered an old lady and then throwing her in the boot of a car in the middle of winter? Do you now consider yourselves big strong men? I mean, how brave of you to be able to pick on old people, you must be so fu*king happy with yourselves! SCUM!

      sly.skipper - 2012-07-11 12:17

      @ Ntuthuko : you are a D@@S. I don't condone any sort of violence, no matter the cause. You, however, deserve a double tap with dum dums. Think of it like I'm assisting you to keep and open mind ;)

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 14:44

      Sly Skipper, thanks man...i'm honored, do note though, this is the beginning of many things of this fashion to unfold. If you missed the action prior to 94, you likely to witness it now. People are hungry and with no mercy, they wont have helicopters to conduct raids and fire at minors like the well equipped boeres did, but they gonna make the most of the few they find vulnerable, in less than a week, we gonna be discussing another incident to a white person. its inevitable

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-07-11 17:28

      Nthutuko---- you dont even know the history your talking about, talk about uneducated and ill informed, let's talk about stats little man, what are the deaths tolls of white on black pre 94 and the stats on black on white after apartheid? Attacking old people and woman is what your proud off? One word to sum your kind up : cowards, and I'm not saying your kind as in black no no no what I'm saying little man is ur a totsi boi who's words mean as little as your ego. Break into my house please so I can put and end to your pathetic ways

  • Ian - 2012-07-11 10:26

    BASTARDS BASTARDS, HANG THEM, when is the government on this, too pissed to care

  • mark.govender.94 - 2012-07-11 10:27

    I cant belive this, dammit . . .i hope by some miracle you over come this stroke and go back to doing the gardening you clearly look happy doing . . . all the best to the family. DAVID, IF YOU GET A HOLD OF THEM SHOOT THEM ON SIGHT AND BURN THEIR BODIES

      Linda - 2012-07-11 10:38

      shooting on sight is too quick a punishment. They should also be locked in a boot in mid winter ...till they die of hunger thirst or exposure. an eye for an eye!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-11 10:42

    Amputate the B's legs. That should put an end to his life of crime.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-11 10:44

    No words for this horror.

  • DrGfinger - 2012-07-11 10:58

    It's not if , but WHEN you get attacked in SA. We now have to live in the expensive high security "prisons" and the criminals walk around free.

  • David - 2012-07-11 11:09

    She needs to be commemorated for her bravery and her will to live. there are very few folk these days who would've survived such an ordeal especially at 80, after a stroke and in freezing temperatures with no water or food. You are an amazing woman Mrs Carter we are very proud of you! We wish you God's peace and healing. May justice prevail...

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-11 11:11

    Hang the Fk--ing bastard. I am sick of hearing what the Black B are doing to our old people. God help the next one that ever attacks or trys to get into my home, I have 4 dogs that will eat well for a couple of months

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-11 11:25

      Ntuthuko, you can't leave the race card alone can you?

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-11 11:28

      Ja well, even though she was not raped or murdered as is the norm it's safe to say police would be looking for a member of the majority race as the culprit.

      lelanie.jacobs - 2012-07-11 11:42

      @Ntuthuko I agree with you, if it was a black person who did this horrifying crime, it doesn't mean you as a black person has to be labelled in the same category.. Its an AWEFUL crime and I do hope they catch and hang these savages, if they are black so be it.. But you don't have to feel ashamed because ur black..

  • gawie.botha - 2012-07-11 11:11

    Die oomblik as die eerste linie van verdediging,nlk. die polisie nie meer die "burgers" van Suid Afrika se veiligheid kan waarborg,dan is die Minister van Justisie,nie instaat om n rewolusie in Suid Afrika te beheer!

      MarkHiggens9 - 2012-07-11 11:46

      Ntuthuko, I'm sure your white friends on your Facebook profile share the same views, prick.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 12:44

      Only the Afrikaans speaking one's...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-11 11:21

    Another day in South Africa. How many more can we tolerate?.

  • craig.lott.589 - 2012-07-11 11:37

    Should be charged for attempted murder - but wait, this chap was probably recently pardoned and released from prison anyway for a similar charge!!

      ingi.raikes - 2012-07-11 11:53

      Ja, you are probably right! MR ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOMAH is a disgrace! He has made a mockery of our judicial system, as all the others have too. Cele, that dim fart who crashed drunk into a wall and denyed he was drunk; Selebe, Mduli.........oh dear! Dear God, help to deliver us from evil.....!

  • Monique Naude - 2012-07-11 12:07

    Ntuthuko... There is no point in being nasty and saying she deserved it. You forget that there were many many white people who also fought for your freedom, and were persecuted by the apartheid government, there were many white people who refused to go to the townships with guns (like my father refused to go) There were so many white people who were friends with black people (like my grandfather, and our family). Two wrongs do not make a right. And these words are for every single person reading the article and comments: "Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good. Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind, Anger disappears as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten. Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love." Always remember that you have to work at your own salvation. Do not depend on others...

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-11 12:16

      You are wasting your time with this idiot. Any white guilt that there might have been has or should be eroded with the behaviour of some members of the majority and its government these past eighteen years. The time for pussyfooting around these imbeciles is over. Say it like it is & call a spade a spade.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-11 12:55

      I dont hang out or around townships moron. Thanks to you & yours when I fish & camp @ the beach, we do so in numbers and are armed to the teeth. But hey...dont despair....We might meet somewhere yet & who knows ?

  • neserp - 2012-07-11 12:09

    Death Penalty!!!

  • drishworth - 2012-07-11 12:21

    How many incidents of this nature are perpetrated by employees and former employees - too many to recount. No doubt there will be those that'll blame Mrs Carter for being a bad employer - maybe because she reprimanded or fired the employee for dishonesty, unreliability, incompetence and for this she deserved what happened to her.......... when the truth is the perpetrator is nothing more than a savage who has bitten the hand that fed him/her. I hope Mrs Carter makes a remarkable recovery.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-07-11 12:48

    Nthuthuko! Why don't you see if you can emigrate to Zim and join ZANU PF. You're a stereotype, a caricature. Do you wear a red beret? Ha ha white hating fool. It's a shame that apartheid has scarred you forever, go see a psychologist dude!

      Bond - 2012-07-11 13:37

      @Nthuthuka u should be ashamed to call yourself an African. That poor African "OLD" Lady was locked in the boot with no food or water. You disgusting piece of TRASH.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 14:34

      Bond, im not saying its right, all im saying is, its nothing new. We grew up knowing this kind of brutal treatment, the only thing that has changed is the recipients, and that's the exact way it felt to the former victims.

  • Bond - 2012-07-11 13:05

    Hang that bustard by the balls for 2days and 3 nights.

      mpho.musehana - 2012-07-11 22:40

      thumb up Bond..anyway if he still have them maybe they alredy hung him by balls before..

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-11 13:12

    @ntuthuko we will remember it so in a couple of years dont go to a euro country sorry no food africa is dying of hunger . But you are an idiot so you wouLd not understand where food tax money engineers owners and most of the work come from fn a hole

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 14:31

      Do you care to address me in English please, Sir.

  • luisa.zingarelli - 2012-07-11 13:45

    Every day I read a story about how farmers are being attacked and murdered, how women and children are being raped, attacks on the elderly.... it is so sad how there is so little value for life and these criminals get away with their crimes. There is no punishment good enough for these cowards!

  • Paco - 2012-07-11 15:55

    this white devil got drunk and fell asleep in the boot of the car

      Eye's Cue - 2012-07-11 17:02

      Paco OFF!!!

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-11 17:11

      Still here re re? Pacoff!

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-11 17:11

      Still here re re? Pacoff!

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 17:13

      you cockoroach

  • debjames15 - 2012-07-11 16:36

    I understand the anger and hostory and justification in all the comments BUT at the risk of being severely castigated by all, dare I say that all the anger-driven comments are no different to the person/s that attacked this woman and left her in the boot of the car. If you wish for revenge you are no better than them, whoever "they" may be. Violence answered with violence justs causes war and more pain, hatred and anger!

      Sharon - 2012-07-11 17:15

      we may be angry but we dont go and harm the first paco we see - that is the difference

  • thandazab - 2012-07-12 07:17

    These Bs like to pounce on the weak and vulnerable! Its jus infuriating! I hope she recovers m just glad he did not kill her since she knew him. N let's not make it a race issue, we also suffer just as much if not more from the hands of these animals just a pity our stories are not told on News24. It makes me so flippen mad that ppl dnt wanna work hard n just want to take from others! Criminals should just be killed I dnt know why our government treats them so well. They deserve to be put in jail with huge rats that will eat them slowly until they die! Especially murderers n rapists!

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