Local security company Drift Reaction has reported that the victims of the Copperhouse Road attack were being watched for some time as the suspects knew the victims smoked outside every night and pounced on them while they were doing just that, Krugersdorp News reports.
Netcare 911 paramedics were called out to a farm in Copperhouse Road just after midnight on 8 February, after receiving a report that a young couple had been attacked in their home.
Tebogo Magoro, spokesperson for Netcare 911, said the paramedics attended to the couple and found that the 21-year-old man had sustained serious injuries to the face as well as a stab wound to the back. The woman was assaulted but had no visibly serious injuries.
“I did not even have two drags of my cigarette when I heard footsteps and the next moment the four came at me, each pointing at me with a firearm,” said one of the victims.
Drift’s report explained that the man was kept outside by two of the suspects, who told him to keep quiet or they would shoot.
The other suspects went into the cottage where they overpowered his girlfriend’s mother and the girlfriend and demanded cellphones and money.
“When the girlfriend refused to hand them the cellphones, they opened fire and she was struck in the foot,” the report read. “The women kept on screaming and the two suspects outside then forced the man back into the cottage and demanded that he unhook the flat screen TV for them. Neighbours heard their screams and the shots and opened their cottage door. Their dog ran towards the cottage and one of the suspects fired at the dog, but missed.”
Drift Reaction claimed they received a call for assistance last week from the same property, when suspects entered it. They allegedly turned the CCTV cameras to face away from the door and removed the light bulbs.
Drift Reaction’s management urged community members to be more careful at night.
“Please be vigilant and do not leave the safety of your house at night. You not only put yourself at risk, but also the lives of your family inside the house.”
The security company also claimed that the suspects were later spotted in Glory Road, where they jumped over a wall while police were in pursuit. They subsequently disappeared.