Rustenburg/ Buffelspoort – On Sunday afternoon, At (63) and Winnie Janse van Rensburg (58) was brutally attacked at their home after returning from a holiday at the Kruger National Park. The Janse van Rensburgs are the proud owners of the Bosveld Paradys Guest lodge, a little piece of paradise situated between ATKV-Buffelspoort and Mooinooi. Their home is on a property bordering that of the guest lodge, a place that most of us would consider a small piece of heaven. It is amidst this serenity that they endured hell.
In South Africa a machete is called a PangaBeaten, hacked, assaulted… these words do not capture the disturbing events the Janse van Rensburgs went through. “My dad opened the kitchen door of their home, to start offloading their holiday baggage. As he bent down to pick up my mother’s laptop, he was hit over the head,” the couple’s daughter said. “The car was still idling,” she added, clearly in shock by this vicious act. They removed his glasses and sprayed him with pepper spray, kicking him whilst he was forced to crawl to his bedroom. He heard the screams of his wife, indicating that she too was under attack, him not being able to do anything about it. Then one of the attackers hit him with a crowbar.
They demanded weapons, liquor and cash. Mrs. Van Rensburg was also dragged into the bedroom… Not knowing whether that next blow with the panga was going to kill them. The couple was tied up. Mr Janse van Rensburg told their captors that more people were on their way, to help them unpack. The attackers left within minutes, taking with them also a TV and the couple’s Toyota Camry. “My dad managed to free himself. He crawled outside, called the neighbours and went to hide in the nearby bushes. The neighbours immediately rushed them to hospital.”
A family member noted that Mr. Janse van Rensburg was drenched in blood. At was operated on in Rustenburg to repair damages to his wrist as well as his pinkie which was close to being chopped off by a panga. Winnie however had to be transferred to hospital in Krugersdorp due to the severity of her injuries. She was hacked with a panga which left her with a cracked skull and bleeding on the brain. “My mother’s condition has stabilised. This is a difficult time, but we are thankful for the constant support of family and friends,” Mari Walters told the Platinum Weekly.
Mr. Janse van Rensburg on Wednesday for the 1st time after the attack started regaining his vision, his eyes still swollen and damaged. According to the SAPS, the Camry was later found under a bridge on the N4, close to Brits. No arrests have been made to date. According to the couple’s daughter, her parents are always on their guard, with more than one security measure in place, always following it to the T. “Coming back from holiday, they were still in a relax mode. It goes to show, you must never let down your guard,” she added.
Update: Beeld Reports Mrs. van rensburg is much stronger now and her husband is still in hospital after the Panga (Machete) nearly severed a finger and a deep cut on his wrist.