Paradise Beach woman tied up and assaulted

A 69 year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in her Paradise Beach home, Jeffreys Bay, in the early hours of Wednesday morning this week, 30 September 2015.

The woman was allegedly threatened with a knife, grabbed round the neck, forced to the living room and tied up by three young men who overpowered her before fleeing with stolen goods and her car.

But after a high speed chase about an hour later on the Humansdorp road two of the suspects were arrested by alert SAPS members and all her valuables were recovered.

The intruders allegedly entered the house by removing the sliding door from the rail and awoke the woman in her bedroom about 2 am. While attempting to resist them she was roughed up and sustained some surface cuts.

They allegedly threatened to harm her if she used the panic button and demanded specific valuables and money. The, men believed to be in their 20s, fled with the goods, including R800 in cash, jewellery, cellphones, Kruger Rand coins and her car, a red KIA Picanto.

According to Gerda Swart of the SAP Corporate Communication Uitenhage, EC, details of the vehicle were circulated and alert Humansdorp Crime Prevention unit and the K9 Unit on patrol noticed the vehicle driving towards Humansdorp on the R102.  After a high speed chase, they managed to pull the vehicle off the road. 

The suspects attempted to flee and police officials managed to arrest two of them on the spot.  The search for the third man, still at large, was immediately launched and will continue until he is arrested.

Police in Jeffreys Bay are investigating a case of house robbery. The two suspects, Vuyo Gwala (22) and Msawake Siyu (28) appeared in court yesterday and are still in custody. A formal bail hearing will take place in the next week. If anyone has any information regarding this case they should please contact their nearest police station.

The Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier Neil Jantjies praised the police officers and said: “I would like to applaud these members and encourage them to keep up the good work.  It takes dedicated and committed police officials to bring perpetrators to book”. 

Edited by Bev Mortimer, St Francis Chronicle

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