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Unread 16-12-2009, 11:10 AM
Jez Quigley
Default Horrible South African crime

Kind of ironic in a non Alanis Morrissette type of way - I'd much rather have 'ray - a - ain on ma weddiiiing day'.


Vereeniging - An eye surgeon who for 21 years was president of the International Intraocular Society, might never be able to see normally again after a brutal attack.

Marius Pretorius, 70, and his wife Lien, 68, were overpowered in their Vereeniging flat last week by three men armed with guns and knives.

They tied up both victims with rope and ties, before trying to strangle Mrs Pretorius.

The couple's daughter, Hannelie Warren, said on Monday they also tried to gouge out her dad's eyes. The robbers apparently said they didnít want him to see again and identify them to the police.

"One attacker sat on my dad's back and smoked a cigarette while he was tied down. My dad has horrific injuries - he may never have normal vision again."

'Severely traumatised'

Warren said Pretorius was still in hospital. The muscles behind his eyes were damaged and specialists aren't sure whether the muscles will recover sufficiently for him to have normal vision again.

Warren said her parents were severely traumatised and receiving counselling.

No arrests have been made and Warren accused the police of dragging their feet.

Pretorius, speaking from the Emfuleni Medi-Clinic in Vanderbijlpark, said on Monday evening that since the attack almost six days ago, police had not interviewed him about what had happened.

"They only spoke to my wife. No one has been to ask me any questions," he said.

'This is appalling'

Warren said people in the building where the attack had taken place and who saw the attackers before and after the incident had also not been approached by police in a bid to gather any evidence.

"This is appalling," she added.

Captain Shado Mashobane of the Vereeniging police station confirmed that no arrests had been made, but said the investigation was underway.

Warren said they had been flooded with e-mails and phone calls of support from ophthalmologists in the UK, US, Australia, China, Canada, Hungary and Hawaii.

Terrible, terrible crime. I don't know why but things like this seem much worse when it happens to someone who has contributed to society as much as this doctor clearly did.

Scum. Sub-human scum.

Unread 16-12-2009, 11:30 AM
Default Re: Horrible South African crime

This country
Unread 16-12-2009, 11:39 AM
red red robbo
Default Re: Horrible South African crime

I know all countries have their problems with violence but SA really does seem to be worse than most. Certainly worse than anywhere else that has hosted a world cup recently.
Unread 16-12-2009, 01:06 PM
Jez Quigley
Default Re: Horrible South African crime

Amazing - one of the guys wants to turn Queen's cause he didn't get his share of the loot


Vereeniging - A member of a gang of robbers who wanted to gouge out the eyes of a world renowned eye specialist, wants to snitch on his buddies because he didn't get his share of the loot.

Three armed robbers viciously attacked Dr Marius Pretorius, 70, and his wife, Lien, 68, in their Vereeniging flat in the town centre and robbed them of money from a walk-in safe, a watch and a wallet.

Dr Pretorius's eyes were severely damaged during the attack. At this stage it's unclear whether his sight will recover fully, but he is expected to be discharged from hospital on Thursday. On Tuesday afternoon he was still in the Emfuleni Medi Clinic in Vanderbijlpark when the gang member phoned his consulting rooms.

"Can you believe it? This man, who had apparently driven the getaway car, now wants to negotiate with the police since he's been cheated by the other robbers," said Hannelie Warren, the couple's daughter, on Tuesday.

Shortly after the man's call, the Vereeniging police and the Pretoriuses's son, Dr Rinus Pretorius - an anaesthesiologist from York in England, who'd earlier flown to South Africa to support his parents - stood by the phone, waiting in anticipation for the man to phone back.

Pretorius was overpowered with a firearm and threatened with death at the front door of their home on December 9. One of the robbers whispered to him that he was going to scratch out his eyes.

"Then the man, full of hatred, brutally started scratching in my eyes with his long, thick, white ugly nails," he said on Tuesday.

'I hope and pray that I'll recover'

"And this while the thug was sitting on my back, nonchalantly smoking a cigarette." Pretorius feels it's mere coincidence that the man wanted to damage his eyes specifically. "I think he just didn't want me to recognise him afterward."

His wife was in their bedroom, combing her hair, when she was overpowered by the other robbers.

"They choked her badly, trampled on her hip and then got the key to our safe. She's severely traumatised and is receiving counselling," said Pretorius.

The robbers apparently fled when a telephone started ringing and they heard voices on the floor below the flat.

The couple sought help while blood streamed from the eye specialist's eyes.

According to Pretorius, the ripped-off muscle in his right eye is "hanging by a thread" and will presumably only be able to be reattached during an operation in about four weeks' time, after the tissue has recovered and the bleeding has subsided.

"I have inner-eye infection in my left eye and my vision is extremely poor, but I hope and pray that I'll recover," he said.

Pretorius is a founding member and served for 21 years as president of the International Intraocular Society. He stepped down as president in 2003, but is still an active committee member
Unread 16-12-2009, 01:13 PM
Albert Tatlock
Default Re: Horrible South African crime

Great place for a World Cup
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