Merebank gran (78) gagged, tied in home invasion

Seen is Nirmala Sewnarayan consoling her mother, Dhanthwai Fakira. Inset: The injuries sustained on Dhanthwai Fakira's hands after they were tied up with charging cables.

Seventy-eight-year-old Merebank pensioner, Dhanthwai Fakira, was gagged, tied up and robbed of her valuables, last Saturday.

Police, who are investigating a case of robbery and theft, said that the grandmother’s house was ransacked and robbed of R8,000 worth of items, which included cash and jewellery.

The drama unfolded while Fakira was in her room getting ready for bed. According to police, the men had entered through a window at the back of the house.

“After finishing a conversation with my friend on the phone, I went to bed and heard a strange sound. As soon as I got up to inspect, three unknown men had circled my bed and instructed me to stay silent and not scream,” she said.

Fakira was pushed around several times before the suspects tied her up with charging cables around her legs and hands. The suspects then pushed a kitchen towel in her month to prevent her from screaming for help.

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“While I was tied up, the men forced a towel into my mouth and threw me onto the floor so that I could not move. They ordered me not to move and said they were going to kill me if I did. After robbing me of my jewellery and money, the men fled through the front door,” she said.

The traumatised mother managed to break free and crawled towards her phone and called her daughter for help. Mala Sewnarayan, 56, said after receiving the call from her mother, she immediately called the police and rushed to the house to help her.

“My mother was in shock and shaken-up. She fears that that the suspects might return to end her life. Advanced Life paramedics assisted my mother who was severely traumatised. It’s so sad that innocent elderly people are taken advantage of and robbed of their value able items. I hope that the police catch these perpetrators and put them behind bars,” she said.

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Communications officer of Wentworth SAPS, Cpt Mbuso Gumede, said that a case of robbery and theft was opened at Wentworth SAPS and police are working tirelessly to make an arrest. “When you hear someone breaking your doors, unless you are absolutely sure your actions will prevent entry into the house, do not go to the door. Rather call the police just to be on the safe side. Get good doors for your kitchen and use crossbars at the back or behind the doors inside the house. If you have keys to the burglarproof, never leave them inside the house. A few safety tips can prevent house break-ins,” said Cpt Gumede.

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