03/01/2009 08:22 - (SA)
Hilda Fourie, Beeld
Pretoria - Little did a Pretoria dominee who'd just greeted two men as they walked past while he was working in his garden, know that he'd be shot by one of them.
Philip Bergh, 63, said the two men had been friendly when they said hello back.
After his stint in the garden at his Proklamasieheuwel home, Bergh went to check the oil and water in his Microbus, which was parked in the garage.
He was leaning into the vehicle, when he was alerted by something that he wasn't alone.
"I don't know if it was a noise or voices."
Next thing he was accosted by three men.
One of the men was armed.
"The one with the gun was one of the two who'd greeted me earlier.
"His buddy was also there.
"I asked them what they wanted. There were a few choice words. Then I tackled the one with the gun."
When a shot went off, the men got such a fright that they ran away.
Bergh said when he realised he'd been shot, he started screaming.
His neighbour, who'd heard the shouts for help, took him to hospital.
He'd been shot in the neck.
2008 hadn't been a good year for the dominee, who'd been robbed of his cellphone three times and had also had his house broken into.