SAPS-retired colonel Joks van der Merwe, 71, critically injured by three armed attackers: teen granddaughter Deleni Walters, girlfriend Simoné Wolmarans hide under bed while the retired colonel gets shot in stomach and leg and the grandmom gets thrown around. Simoné Wolmarans (left) comforts her friend Deleni Walters after Deleni's granddad was critically injured when shot by three armed attackers in their home at Florauna, Pretoria on Saturday-morning at around 2am - the grandmother woke up early and was baking cakes for morning-tea when she was accosted and attacked first. Picture by Deaan Vivier http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Meisies-kruip-weg-toe-rowers-met-gesin-stoei-20111113
-- Beeld Afrikaans daily newspaper journalist Hilda Fourie described the terror of the two high school girls while they were hidden beneath a bed while Deleni's grandparents were mauled and the grandfather shot.
Retired col Joks van der Merwe is in the high-intensity unit of a Pretoria hospital being treatment for a gunshot wound which went into his stomach and a leg.
The the colonel's son-in-law Braam Walters who lives with his elderly parents, then helped capture the three attackers with a police friend: receiving a tip-off that they were headed for the Wonderboom taxi-rank; the three suspects were plucked at gunpoint by the policeman just as they had entered a taxi. It turns out that one of the arrest men's mother words at the Pretoria law court as a translator.
Beeld's strange new obsession with explaining attacks and murders on Afrikaners as 'satanism' lately, again raised it's strange head again when they quoted constable Maanda Singo as claiming that one of the arrested black men -- whose mother is a translator at Pretoria magistrate's court, admitted he was a 'satanist'. Whatever that is meant by in this specific context was not however made clear.
Mrs Elsje van der Merwe, 69, is quoted telling Beeld that she was busy baking cakes at 2AM (?) for morning-tea, when she turned around and saw two unknown men standing in the kitchen entrance pointing a gun at her. She screamed loudly especially after she was ordered not to. Mrs van der Merwe was grabbed by her hands and shoved to the ground - and one men lay on top of her - but the family was storming to her aid, headed by colonel van der Merwe, son-in-law Walters, while the teen girls hid beneath their beds as they had been taught. The man let Mrs van der Merwe go to fight with her husband, and three men were grappling with him. One man just called to his friend who shot Colonel van der Merwe - whereupon all three attackers fled out the door and jumped across the fence. Police launched a search: receiving information that they had gone to the Wonderboom taxi-rank at around 05:30. Son in law Walters, who was riding to help a policeman with the search, spotted the three men, identifying them, while standing at a taxi.
"We stood in the road and watched them. When all three were in the taxi, my police-friend jumped out and forced them to get out at gunpoint, arresting them. The three attackers of the Van der Merwe/Walters family - all in their twenties - were being arraigned for their first remand-appearance at the Pretoria North court. Police also investigates other house-robberies they may have been involved in in this region.