- A pastor and his family were confronted by heavily armed men in a robbery
- His wife was seriously injured after several bullets hit her
- However, the pastor and his wife said they would not become bitter or angry because they have a lot to be thankful for
With the rise in crime, deteriorating economy and high poverty rate, a lot of South Africans have jumped ship and emigrated.
But, one couple decided to look past the bad things happening in the country by not getting bitter or angry, even after the wife was seriously injured in an armed robbery.
Pastor Johan Besselaar and his wife, Annette, were getting ready for a trip with their family overseas. Because each country has its own currency, the family visited Absa to exchange the valuta.
According to the religious leader, who resides in Krugersdorp, the couple, along with their two sons and one's girlfriend, went to pick up the money on Friday after the bank phoned them three times to collect the cash before 2pm.
However, Briefly.co.za learned upon arrival back at home, a BMW 1 series came speeding up behind them. At first the pastor thought it was one of their son's friends.
But, AK47 armed men got out of the car and one of the sons yelled he should drive away. The armed men then opened fire on the family's Nissan Qashqai, shooting it an estimated 12 or 13 times.
Maroela Media reported the Reformed Evangelical Church leader said he believed the thugs did not intent on killing anyone, they merely wanted them to stop.
During the hail of bullets, the car came to a halt in front of their home and Mrs Besselaar was hit multiple times.
She suffered three gun shots wounds in her legs- one of which also injured her husband's knee. The thugs yelled at them to hand over the money, but the pastor and his son already threw their wallets out of the window.
His wife hid her cash and they played dumb to the criminals' demands. Other people then stopped to see what's going on and it allegedly spooked the robbers. So, they grabbed Mrs Besselaar's handbag and a couple of things out of the trunk before firing a couple of shots in the air and speeding away.
Although it was a terrible experience, the pastor said he and his family have a lot to be thankful for. One of the bullets got stuck in his wife's seat and aside from the bullets in her leg, no major arteries were damaged- which he described as a miracle.
Besselaar said his wife would be in the hospital for a while to come, but she has already regained movement in her legs following nerve reattachment procedures.
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