December 23 2009 at 10:28AM
A 43-year-old man has been shot dead in a robbery in Kameeldrift outside Pretoria.
Constable Portia Maleka, a police spokeswoman, said two robbers had broken into a house at around 5am on Tuesday.
"The husband heard them and tried to push closed the bedroom door. They couldn't open it and they shot him through the door," said Maleka.
"He was shot several times in the stomach."
She said the couple had been tied up and the robbers had demanded firearms and jewellery, and asked where the safe was.
"They... fled with a laptop computer, cellphones and the couple's bakkie."
Beeld newspaper reported that the victim, Renier Lamprecht, had died an hour after he was shot.
It said it was the second time he had been shot in a robbery. Three years ago he had been robbed on his smallholding in Rustenburg, and shot three times in the stomach.
The paper added that the Kameeldrift community suffered heavily from serious and violent crime.
In March 2008, a 38-year-old man, Marius van Greunen, was killed in a robbery. In May 2008, Adriaan Steenberg, 45, was murdered. In the same month there were more than 14 armed robberies.
In October 2008, robbers killed Rudi Roach, 50, for a cellphone and a couple of beers. In the same month a woman and her daughter were robbed and a 16-year-old girl was raped during a separate robbery.
In February this year, Renier Boshoff, 67, was shot dead in front of his wife. In August, a 55-year-old woman, Essie Ferreira, was robbed and earlier in December a 41-year-old woman was raped in her house.
Maleka said there was a higher incidence of serious crime in the area during the festive season.
"We have a number of police units, including the task force and provincial police that come and assist us during the festive seasons," she said.
The police, as well as community patrollers (neighbourhood watch), would be on high alert and doing stop-and-search patrols during the holidays, she said. - Sapa