Holidaymakers attacked at Umzumbe cottage

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Alarm wakes up man just before midnight.

A South African citizen who works in America was treated by paramedics last night after an attempted house robbery at a holiday home in Stiebel Rocks Road, Umzumbe in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the man was woken up just before midnight by an alarm. He went to the living room where he saw other family members shouting at a group of eight men who were standing outside and smashing the windows, South Coast Herald reported.

Grant Wood, vice-chairman of the Umzumbe Beach Ratepayers’ Association (UBRA), said one of the bedroom windows had been broken before the group of men moved around to the lounge and broke that window as well.

“The alarm had been triggered by the holidaymakers. The security company responded within four minutes and chased the men along the beach,” he said.

Wood said the victim was injured when one of the suspects threw a section of burglar bar at him through the window, hitting him in the leg.

He was taken to hospital in Port Shepstone by Netcare 911. He received two stitches before being discharged. He flies back to America today.

Wiid added that Southport police are investigating a case of attempted house robbery.

In a separate incident, six holidaymakers were hijacked and taken by armed gunmen near Manguzi, in KwaZulu-Natal, last year.

Provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said five armed suspects hijacked the holidaymakers, who were en route to Mozambique, taking their vehicles with them still inside.

“The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was activated along the border, while police and Tracker undertook a search of the area,” he said.

Zwane added the victims were discovered at about 1pm after locals found them in the bushes and took them to the Manguzi police station.

“The border was sealed off by SANDF forces while the search for the vehicles continued. The vehicles of the victims had not been recovered,” Zwane said.

– Caxton News Service

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