In Bloemfontein,an elderly woman had to watch her husband, who was lying next to her,
get stabbed to death by armed robbers who broke into their house while they were asleep.
Pensioner Gordon Bazzard, 75, died and his wife Annette, 67, was stabbed several times in the chest and neck with a knife from her own kitchen, reported Volksblad.
The robbers broke into the couple’s Bloemfontein townhouse at about 02:00 and tied up the woman, taped her mouth while forcing her to give them her PIN code to her bank account.
After the robbers left, Annette Bazzard managed to call her daughter and was taken to hospital.
Reverend Wollie Grobler said he was devastated by the news of the attack.
“It is awful. They are wonderful people, helpful and gentle and would give up everything to help others. She doesn’t deserve it. He doesn’t deserve it. They are not difficult, aggressive people.”
The two attackers, who fled in the couple’s Mercedes Benz with jewellery, bank cards and cellphones, were later arrested by police.
R1 000 had been withdrawn from the attacked woman’s bank account.
A police spokesperson said the men broke down a security gate in the complex to gain entry.