Bronkhorstspruit smallholder survives execution-style gunshot
A 26-year-old Bronkhorstspruit smallholder survived an execution-style gunshot wound to the head after an apparent house robbery in Bronkhorstspruit on Tuesday, paramedics said. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the man was in critical condition at the Pretoria East hospital. He was believed to have been shot at his house in the outlying areas in Bronkhorstspruit and taken to a local hospital.The hospital called Netcare 911 for assistance.
"Paramedics were flabbergasted to find that although the man was shot in the temporal area, he was still communicating with them," said Botha.He was stabilised and transported to the Pretoria East hospital."He is doing very well," said Botha late on Tuesday night.Bronkhorstspruit police " could not immediately confirm the incident". Probably too busy watching the WC2010. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20100622222402800C986617
J.J. Strydom, 30, escapes at high speed from hail of bullets in Mamelodi, Pretoria
2010-06-23 PRETORIA. Vehicle-evaluator J J Strydom shows where a hijacker's bullet hit his GPS before going through his windscreen during an attack in Mamelodi. (Wayne Coetzee, Beeld) Virginia Keppler, Beeld. Strydom’s father and brother have also been in several hijackings and armed robberies over the past year – and all three men have thus far survived… http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Man-escapes-hijackers-shots-20100622
Strydom, who lives at the Rietfontein smallholdings near Pretoria escaped a bullet to the head on Monday afternoon when he slapped away a hijacker's firearm and raced off in his bakkie. The shot was fired and the bullet, which would probably have hit Strydom in the head, hit his GPS before going through the windscreen of his double-cab Ford Ranger.
He then raced out of Mamelodi, in the east of Pretoria, under a hail of bullets, so he wouldn't be shot "to smithereens".
Strydom had been in the black township to evaluate a vehicle when he was accosted by the gunman in the middle of the day at about 14:30.
Pistol to head
He says he was attacked when he stopped at a stop sign somewhere in the east of the suburb."My bakkie's window was open, and the next minute someone was pressing a pistol against my head and tried to open my door.
"At first I kept my hands in the air, but while he was struggling with the door, I slapped away his hand holding the firearm, and the shot went off. Luckily my bakkie was in first gear and I could pull away immediately. More shots were fired behind me, but I kept driving until I reached the old Cullinan Road, east of Pretoria. There I saw that two more bullets had hit my bakkie - on the right back door and through the tailgate.”
- He drove straight home. The badly-shaken Afrikaner registered his formal complaint at the Moot police station on Tuesday. "I got a huge fright, but I'm just happy to be okay."
This wasn't the first time he and his family members have had to deal with hijackers. "In 2004 I was hijacked in Mamelodi, and the hijackers pistol-whipped me against the back of my head before they stole my cellphone, belt, watch, all my personal belongings and my car. Then they dropped me off between shacks in Mamelodi."
His father, Johan Strydom snr, 64, was hit over the head and hijacked in Nelspruit four months ago. Strydom jnr's brother 32-year-old Jaco, was hijacked in Hatfield in October last year. "They also forced him to withdraw money from his account and drove around with him in the boot before throwing him out and disappearing with his BMW."