Beeld journalist Buks Viljoen writes that the Blue Mountain Lodge in Hazyview, the five-star hostelry whose owners decided to close down because the region was FAR TOO UNSAFE for their workers and their guests -- was attacked a third time, just one week before closing its doors forever. The owners Forever Resorts were sharply criticised by the ANC-regime for its announcement that the area was too unsafe for tourism, and that its guests and workers were there at high risk from armed robbery-gangs.
On Monday-night at around 10pm, the five-star lodge was attacked again, with its two guards running headlong into four armed black men. One guard - one for fear of retalation does not want his name published - had to fire in defence of his colleague with his legal .38 revolver when his colleague was fired at with a shotgun loaded with buck-shot - which is lethal. The colleague was injured in the arm, and the guard then was shot at point blank range in the head by the attackers. Manager of the Langa med-ambulance service Kobus Els said the bullet 'miraculously went through the guard's skin on his skull, and the skull-bone, and exited through the skin at the rear of his neck'. "We treated him at the scene and took him to hospital where the entry- and exit-wounds were sewn up.' Both guards were released from hospital the next day. Hazyview police confirmed that 'a charge of attempted murder' was being investigated.