- A brave father protected his family from an alleged house breaker
- He overpowered the man and sustained several minor injuries in the process
- The suspect was detained and the father had to wait two and half hours for the police to arrive
André van Rensburg, from eManzimtoti, defended his family from a would-be housebreaker who broke into his home in the early hours of Friday morning.
Van Rensburg overpowered the suspect who had threatened his daughter with a know. He detained the suspect his yard for two and a half hours until the police finally arrived.
His daughter also put up a brave fight and had confronted the suspect when he entered her room.
“It was just after 4 am on Friday, and it was raining. Here was the suspect, who we caught, and managed to detain with the help of the local Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO), sitting in my yard in the rain for more than two hours while we waited for the police to arrive.
“All the police had to do was get here to collect the suspect and arrest him. I was so frustrated and so disappointed in our police,” said Van Rensburg.
The suspect entered the property through the burglar guards after breaking them open, Chante, Van Rensburg’s daughter had been awake.
She described how she heard a noise and saw a man in her room. Despite the intruder being armed with a knife, Chante pushed him to her bedroom door and called her dad. The suspect tripped at which point the brave young lady grabbed her hockey stick and started hitting the man.
Van Rensburg overpowered the intruder but sustained minor cuts on his chest and arm. It was at this point the local community crime prevention organisation (CCPO) members arrived.
They handcuffed the suspect and waited with van Rensburg until the police arrived. He did not know what might have happened if the CCPO members had not arrived.
When the police did arrive they could not explain why they had taken so long.
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