Sunday, November 22, 2009

'We even called them sirs'

Words fail me.

Johannesburg -
Two children hid in silence under a blanket last Thursday morning, after robbers had shot their father in the stomach.

Danie Labuschagne, 37, of Brakpan on the East Rand, died a few hours later due to internal bleeding.

"He looked at me as if he wanted to say 'help me'," said Labuschagne's 12-year-old daughter, Monique, on Sunday.

Labuschagne would have turned 38 on Christmas day, according to his heartbroken wife, Madelein, 37, about her high school sweetheart, the man who'd been "her everything".

The robbers had forced open the sliding door to their living room in the early morning hours on Thursday. "Danie and I woke up when they were in our room.

"Three men shone flashlights at us and said: 'Get up, get up'.

"They pulled the blankets off us. When my husband and I stood up, one robber shot him in the stomach. Danie yelled 'eina' and fell to the ground," Madelein said.

Monique and Danie, 14, woke up when their father was shot.

"I prayed that the Lord would save his life," Danie jnr said on Sunday. When she heard her father's cry of pain, Monique “hoped it's not serious", she said.

She went to her brother's room, where the two of them hid next to each other under a blanket in absolute silence. The robbers' haul included jewellery, cellphones, clothing and a laptop.

"My husband took the bullet for us. He didn't argue, and even explained to the thugs where they would find the laptop. We even called them 'sirs'," said Madelein.

She sat at the foot of their bed and said to her husband: "Pray, darling, just pray."

After the robbers had plundered the house and left, Danie snr pleaded: "Hurry up, just hurry up."

His family tried to pick him up to take him to hospital by car, but he was in too much pain, and said they should rather put him down again. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he died just after 04:00 on Thursday morning.

"I touched him and told him how much I loved him," Madelein said on Sunday. - Beeld

11 Opinion(s):

AMB said...

I can't imagine what this family went through. This is just another tragic story of South Africa...

Anonymous said...

Two more children that must grow up in a violent society without a father. Another productive member of society snuffed out. For what? What is worth risking your life living in South Africa?

Peter said...

One dead and another three innocent people will suffer for the rest of their lives.

What a shit place SA has become.

My feelings cannot be described in words and the words I have to described the bastards will not be published, not even on this blog.
May they die slowly and painfully.

Anonymous said...



Very sad. Feel sorry for the family. Ready firepower combined with alertness might work better than prayers.

FishEagle said...

I was just told about an aquaintance that was shot and killed by 5 armed robbers. His wife is pregnant with their baby and they have 2 small children. Bizarre to go from being the mom that makes the birthday cakes for all the kids in the community to the sole bread winner, in a matter of seconds. At a time like this it's hard not to lash out at the people like Rooster that just deny the problems that we're facing in SA.

Anonymous said...

So where is Rooster now???

Anonymous said...

Let's lay off the fluffy chicken a bit, at least he doesn't go around hacking into peoples' computers or sending them death threats.

He lives in PE, which is a couple of steps behind Joburg crime wise. If you haven't been woken to the sound of your neighbours being shot in their driveways you haven't experienced Gauteng.

FishEagle said...

@Dach, you are right. But things are changing. The aquaintance that I mentioned that was killed yesterday, he lived in the quaint little holiday town of Kenton-on-Sea with a population of about 1000 people. It's near PE. It happened in the middle of the day, in broad daylight and in the middle of town. At the time they may have been the only people in the street though, cause the town is just so small.

FreeThinker said...

That's another perfect day in Roosterutopia.

As far as I am concerned, he represents the vilest of human beings.

Anonymous said...

@FE: Yes I saw that. Bloody terrible.