Rita Ras was woken up by her dogs barking around 00.45. Her security alarm went off and she heard a security door being broken.
“They had broken open the security door to the laundry room and then the inside door. I have a security gate in the corridor and I fired warning shots in the direction they were coming from. They then tried to get in from the other side of the house and the next moment they broke the window into my bedroom. They wanted to come in. I fired more warning shots towards the window,” Ras told the Kormorant.
In the mean time, Ras had managed to call for help on the community safety radio network. “Community members responded immediately and started arriving on the farm and the attackers fled.” It is not known how many attackers were trying to get into her house.
Shortly before this attack, 72-year-old Lou du Preez was hit with spanners when four robbers invaded his house on a farm a short distance away from Ras’ property.
Du Preez was asleep at around 23:00 when a window was broken next to his bed. “He got up and ran out of the bedroom and then heard three more windows break in the house. He encountered four men, armed with spanners, in the passage. They hit him with the spanners and demanded money,” said a neighbour, Charmaine Jenner.
“He told them he did not have money and they forced him to open the safe that was empty. They ransacked the house and took his television set, music centre, cellphone, clothes and food before fleeing.”
Du Preez sustained injuries to his arm. “He is shocked but luckily not seriously injured.”
The Mooinooi police are investigating the attack.