12/09/2007 23:11 - (SA)
Buks Viljoen, Beeld
Sabie - A Sabie man believes that if his brother-in-law had not fought fiercely with a robber, he and his father would probably have been "executed".
That was how Rick Basson told the tale of his brother-in-law Henk le Roux, 30, and his father-in-law Anton le Roux, 55, who were attacked by two robbers at their sawmill on Wednesday morning.
Both were injured. Henk is in a stable condition and his father is in a serious condition.
The two robbers arrived at Global Products at Tweefontein near Sabie at about 07:00 and attacked the two men.
They were forced to lie on the ground while their office was searched and plundered.
Tackled a robber
"Henk said one of the robbers later came and stood over them. When he heard a pistol being cocked, he realised that they were about to be killed," Basson said.
Henk jumped up and tackled one of the robbers, and also hit him with a chair at one stage.
"The next moment a shot was fired. One of the robbers shot Anton in the back," Basson said.
While Henk was still struggling with one of the attackers, the other one shot him. He was hit in the stomach and hip.
The robbers sped off in their two vehicles, a Toyota Hi-Lux and a Nissan Frontier.
Henk called Basson and summoned help.
The injured men were taken to Sabie Hospital where they were stabilised and transferred to the Nelspruit Medi-Clinic.
Anton had to undergo two emergency operations in Nelspruit on Wednesday.
In the first operation blood was drained from his one lung and late on Wednesday he had a second emergency operation when he started bleeding internally again.
"Splinters of the bullet that hit him in the back, also perforated the lung," Basson said.
Henk also underwent an operation on Wednesday but his condition was stable.
His wife Elize and Anton's wife Ronel were with them in the hospital along with family and friends on Wednesday.
One of the stolen vehicles was found in Bosbokrand shortly after the robbery on Wednesday morning.