Brutal attack on elderly couple

Durban – An elderly South Coast couple were tied up with
wire, brutally beaten, had paint poured on them and were
left for dead this week. It was not until the next day that
they were found.
The couple, of Effingham Place, Trafalgar, south of
Southbroom and San Lameer, were subject to the assault by
a gang of men.
The attack has shocked police and paramedics.
Frieda Gey van Pittius, 80, was at home on Wednesday
waiting for her husband Oscar, 82, to return from work.
Oscar arrived home at 1pm to find a large branch
obstructing his driveway, according to the police.
“He got out of the car to remove the branch so he could
park his car inside,” an officer said.
“A group of men, their faces covered by balaclavas,
emerged and attacked him. They manhandled him and
forced him inside the car,” the policeman said.
“He was held at gunpoint and ordered to drive in and not
make a noise. He obeyed and put the car in the garage.”
The men, wielding knives, sticks and pangas, closed the
garage door and began beating Oscar.
Frieda aheard the commotion and went to investigate. She
was also attacked.
“They were both taken to the living room where they were
beaten with sticks, struck with pangas and kicked and
punched (all over) their bodies.”
The men demanded cash and valuables. The couple were
taken through the rooms and told to identify expensive
They were beaten repeatedly as the men ransacked the
According to police spokesman Jay Naicker, the men took
cash, a video camera, two watches, a wedding ring and a
gun, taken from a safe.
The men then tied up the couple with wire, grabbed a can of
paint and threw it over them before leaving. The couple
were left helpless for at least 15 hours on the floor of their
living room.
Their tenant made the horror discovery at 6am on Thursday
and phoned their son, also named Oscar, who drove from
Marina Beach and contacted the police before taking the
couple to Margate Hospital, where they were admitted to
A traumatised Oscar (son) told The Mercury that he was
shocked: “They were so badly beaten that I could not
recognise them. Their faces are swollen.
“Dad has multiple injuries and fractures. The brutality is
shocking. They were extremely beaten.”
Oscar said it was difficult for any child to see a parent
beaten in such a “cruel manner”.
“The whole family are shocked and horrified. We cannot
stop crying. We fail to understand why this kind of brutality
was necessary.”
His parents were vulnerable and defenceless, Oscar said.
“Why could they not just take what they wanted and leave
them alone?”
A policeman who went to the home described what he saw
as “inhumane”. “I have never seen anything like that,” he
said. “The whole house had bloodstains. I cannot
understand why they were splashed with paint. It was really
Naicker said a task team had been assembled. He advised
that families should have at least one dog, trained to sleep
inside the house.
He gave these safety tips:
* If you leave your residence, inform your family/neighbours
of your intended destination, time you expect to return and
the route you will be driving, especially in a rural area.
* If you are unsure about the security of your home – for
example, your dogs do not come to the gate – do not enter.
Early on Tuesday, a couple were shot dead in front of two
children at their extension Three Madadeni (Newcastle)
home. The 64-year-old man and the 58-year-old woman
were asleep when the men stormed in and killed them.
The Mercury


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