White SA boy Matthew Daley, 13, traumatised after armed black males point gun barrel into his mouth
May 21 2013 IOL journalist Lungelo Mkamba writes that Elly Rossouw and
her daughter, Karen Daley, were still recovering yesterday from a
traumatic robbery which took place at their Glen Hills home at lunchtime
‘Mom, please don’t let them kill me!” They are words no mother should
ever have to hear, but at lunchtime on Sunday Karen Daley, 43, watched
in horror as her 13-year-old son, Matthew, was frogmarched into their
Glen Hills house by robbers, with a gun at his head.
“The robber was screaming, ‘Don’t look at me,’ as he dragged Matthew
inside,” Karen said.The Northwood High grade eight pupil had been
looking in the garage for bits and pieces for a school project when
intruders came over the wall and took him hostage.
The gang herded the family into one room while they ransacked the house
looking for the safe.The gun was kept at Matthew’s head and the thieves
told his father, Mark, 47, they would pull the trigger if he did not
point out the safe.
Daley at first denied there was one, but eventually the robbers found
it.They then pushed the gun into the child’s mouth and, terrified, his
father accidentally punched in the wrong code and was hit with the gun
and kicked until he got the safe open.
The robbers took R70 000 he had collected from a client. ( It’s not
known how they knew he had that much money in the house.)One of the men
took Karen’s chain from around her neck, using the opportunity to grope
her breasts.“I thought he was going to rape me,” she said.Her mother,
Elly Rossouw, 72, who was in her bedroom, was kicked in the stomach and
dragged out of her room to join her family on the floor.
“I asked one, who was wearing a balaclava, if I could sit in bed, but he
said I must sit on the floor next to my family,” said Rossouw.“He
ripped off my gold chain, bangles and took my handbag which had money,
my driver’s licence and my identity book,” she said.
Neighbours saw the men leaving the house with their loot but assumed
they were visitors, as it was broad daylight.Matthew’s nine-year-old
sister, Rachel, had gone to the beach with a friend at the time of the
Yesterday Karen received an unexpected call from a security guard who
said he had found her phone book and credit cards dumped in a bin in Dr
Pixley kaSeme (West) Street.
Matthew has returned to school but has been receiving trauma
counselling. Greenwood Park community police forum chairman Robin Candy
said the community was under siege and the police needed to “cultivate
informants and ensure convictions of house robbers”.
ALSO WHITE COUPLE ATTACKED SAME DAY IN WESTVILLE KZN
Westville couple Basil Miller 66 and Beatrice Miller 63 – attacked by four black males
May 20 2013 – WESTVILLE KZN: A white Westville couple Basil Miller, 66,
was asleep when his wife, Beatrice, 63, opened the kitchen door to let
the dog out at 4am, but before she could close it, an intruder kicked it
Four men stormed the home and forced Miller out of bed at gunpoint,
demanding he open the safe. Miller said the gang hit him with the gun
and kicked him to the floor, threatening to kill Beatrice if he did not
point out the safe. “They bashed it open and took money and jewellery
she had collected over 40 years,” he said.
The gang tied up the couple and escaped in the family cars. Police
spokesman Thulani Zwane confirmed both attacks. No arrests were made.