Locals fight off “gun wielding” suspect

A Hazyview couple stared in disbelief as they realised that the “firearm” an intruder pointed at them, was in actual fact, his hand.
Mr John and Ms Sally Morgan were watching TV on Friday night. The front door was locked, but the patio one was slightly open. Suddenly a man appeared in the open doorway and told the couple “to give him imali.” Imali is siSwati for money. The robber’s hand was under his T-shirt, with what seems to have been a gun pointing right at the couple. His plans to gain imali shortly before Easter were severely compromised.
The attacker ordered the couple to lie on the floor – repeatedly saying “Give me imali!” Sally got up, in an attempt to give him her handbag. The suspect had taken their cellphones and threw one at her, ordering her to get back down. He demanded the money in the handbag – just over R500. The intruder then asked where the safe was, to which they replied that there was none. The couple explained to him that the alarm had already been activated, and that security officials were on their way. As he moved towards the door, both John and Sally had realised that the “gun” was his finger.

John threw a cushion at him, and up went both his hands as he tried to catch it – no firearm in sight. John got up and ran after him, while Sally pressed the panic button, alerting Spes-Plan. In an attempt to defend themselves, John pushed the suspect off the patio and dragged him into the pool. Grabbing a pool-net pole, he repeatedly hit him on the head to keep him away from the side of the pool. The aluminium pole, however, broke off close to John’s hands, and he had to move away. The suspect got out of the pool and ran to the garden wall, climbed a tree and jumped over the fence.

Security officials arrived soon after. The description of the robber was radioed to all the guards at Hazyview holiday destinations. Soon a security guard at a local resort’s main gate saw a suspect fitting the description, walking along Sabie Road in the direction of town. He immediately reported it, after which the suspect was successfully detained at the R40 intersection.
The alleged thief was positively identified by the couple as the suspect who had just tried to rob them. Mr Les Hibbert, managing director of Spes-Plan, ordered that his shoes be searched, and there it was, the R500 believed to have been stolen. The robber then called John by his surname,
“Mr Morgan”.
He admitted that he had previously worked for their neighbours as a gardener. The suspect had reportedly been fired due to theft from the Morgans’ house about a year ago. Hazyview police were called in and the man was arrested. “No case is being investigated against John,” confirmed Sgt Gerald Sedibe, provincial police spokesman.
Hazyview Herald approached John for comment, but he refused to give any on the matter.

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Stefan de Villiers

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