George Savvides, 63 shot dead, Wonderboom
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George Savvides, 63, shot dead through bedroom door, March 30 2011 Wonderboom
March 30 2011 – Greek immigrant George Savvides, 63, was shot dead through his bedroom door while trying to stop a gunman at his Wonderboom, Pretoria home.
The two black males, one armed with a spanner, the other with a handgun, broke in through the living room window (source: Hilda Fourie, Beeld)
A shot was fired through the door and hit Mr Savvides in the heart. His wife Emmerentia heard him say: ‘they have me” before he died. She said her husband was pushing the bedroom door closed to stop the black gunman from getting inside. The men merely grabbed a handbag and a cellphone before rushing away again. “What are a cellphone and a handbag worth? The most valuable thing they took was my husband’s life,’ she said.
The couple’s home is located in Date-palm Avenue in Wonderboom, Pretoria – four blocks away from the home of 62-year-old Mrs Rienie van der Linde (details below) in Van der Schyffstreet : who was attacked in her driveway for a second time within four months by two black men who had shot her in the upper leg. She blamed the large number of illegal squatters living in an adjacent empty site and the local councillor had promised ‘to have it cleaned up’.
Mrs Savvides said she woke up at 3:30am when ‘an unknown man turned on my bedroom light’. She and her husband sleep in seperate bedrooms. She saw two black men: one with a heavy-duty spanner and another with a handgun. “I started screaming for my husband at once,’ she said. In response one black man ‘tapped her on an arm with the spanner and grabbed her handbag’.
“My husband opened his bedroom door, I saw the gunman move into the hallway and saw my husband close his door and that’s when the man fired the shot. My husband was shot through the heart. I heard him say ‘they got me’. I rushed to him, felt his forehead and then phoned the police – or tried to, because nobody answered the 10111 emergency number.’ She then pushed an emergency alarm on her cellphone and the police arrived within minutes.
Local SAPS spokesman Lt-col Lungelo Dlamini said ‘a murder investigation has been opened’. He had no comment about the complaint that there was no reply at the 10111 number. Investigators found that the two men had broken in through the living room window. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Pta-man-deur-sy-toe-kamerdeur-doodgeskiet-20110330
Rienie vd Linde, 62, survives second armed attack – Annlin near Wonderboom, Pretoria
2011-03-24 For the second time within four months, Mrs Rienie van der Linde, 62, was attacked by an armed gang and was lucky to survive. She was shot in the upper left-leg and treated at hospital after she was attacked by one of the gunmen in the driveway of her Annlin, Pretoria home as she was leaving for work at 5:30am. Four months earlier she also was beaten black and blue by an armed gang in exactly the same spot, said husband Frik, 72. (source: Hilda Fourie, Beeld). She managed to get away and rang her frontdoor bell – and just as her daughter Marlisa, 34, was busy making up her bed she heard the shot. When she ran to the backdoor a man also stood there with a gun – pointing it at the daughter’s face. The man walked inside, took a laptop computer – he walked straight to it as if he knew exactly where to find it – and jumped across the fence. The family’s erf is adjacent to an empty lot frequented by vagrants. SAPS Pinky Tshinyane, confirmed the ‘house robbery’. The local town councillor meanwhile has undertaken to have the empty lot next door cleaned up and the illegal occupants removed. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Vrou-weer-in-oprit-by-huis-aangeval-20110324