The couple’s son, who did not want to be named, said he saw the suspects fleeing after he arrived at the property to visit his parents, North Eastern Tribune reported.
“I saw a male run across from the one side of the house to the other. I immediately started shouting. The lady from across the road alerted the police. I did not know how many males there were in the house. I saw one jump out of the back window,” he said.
According to the son, a private security company was also called, but they arrived 20 minutes later after responding to the wrong address.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Nurse Sanyane confirmed the incident and said investigations were under way. The motive for the break-in is still unclear, and no injuries were reported.
“It is unacceptable that an elderly couple can be held up for three hours. We will be working round the clock to make an arrest,” Sanyane said.
Earlier this month, an elderly man was found bound to a tree after having been robbed and left in the bushes in the Pieters area of KwaZulu-Natal.
The man had hitchhiked into town and withdrew money before being robbed and tied up in a vehicle. He was then driven out to a bushy area near the Klip River. He remained there until a passerby walking through the bush found him this morning.
– Caxton News Service