SHOCKED ... Elizabeth Oelofse’s daughter and son-in- law, who live in Summerstrand, arrive at the house. With them is a neighbour. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
AN 85-year-old Port Elizabeth grandmother was beaten up for more than 20 minutes yesterday, suffering a broken nose, in a brazen attack in her Newton Park home by two boys in school uniforms.
The terrifying attack, a stone’s throw from Newton Technical High School, occurred at about 1pm as Elizabeth Oelofse was taking in her laundry from her garden.
When The Herald arrived, the house was cordoned off and detectives were combing it for clues.
Police spokesman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Oelofse had been taking clothes off the washing line when the assailants grabbed her from behind.
Friend Danie Pienaar said one of the boys – wearing what looked like Westview High School uniforms – had told the elderly woman: “Nou het ons jou (Now we have got you).”
Oelofse was then pushed inside her home, where they grabbed a knife “to frighten her”, said Pienaar. “Then they assaulted her. She suffered facial injuries.”
Oelofse’s hands were then bound and she was pushed into a cupboard with a towel tied around her neck, while the boys rifled the home for jewellery and cash.
The mother of twin sons and a daughter used her teeth to free herself before phoning a neighbour and the police, who used a helicopter to try to trace the suspects.
A fearful neighbour “saw the youngsters as they came out of the house” and ran off in the direction of Walmer. “We are frightened.”