Vivien Tillett, 90 dies after brutal assault: KZN farm attack
12 February 2012 1 Comment
Mrs Vivien Tillet, 90, who was assaulted by two black gunmen with fighting sticks on the family farm in northern Zululand on Thurs. Feb 9 2011, was so weakened by the attack that she passed away in November 2011.
Her grandson Keith Lewis – who put up a fierce fight to protect his grandmother from the rape-threat issued by the attackers – sent me an email today saying that after she was so badly injured, she needed a hip replacement shortly afterwards. “She was bed-bound thereafter, but was so weakened by her injuries that she passed away in November 2011.’
Above : Mrs Vivien Tillett, 90 and her grandson Keith Lewis were both assaulted in the vicious attack – and their family dog also received a brutal gash on its forehead. The attack happened at 8:30pm on Feb 9 2011
The frail old Mrs Tillett was dragged from her bed and into the backyard by her two large, young male Zulu-attackers; beaten over the head; had her ribs broken and an arm sprained. She was lying helplessly in a puddle of blood in the dark, waiting for her family to return. After the assault, she needed a hip-replacement: but she was too weakened to survive and passed away in November 2011.
Zululand Observer journalist Cenessa Stork noted at the time that grandson Keith had fought back like a lion to try and protect his frail gran from the two attackers. “The men, armed with a gun and fighting sticks, had broken their locked gate, entered the house and attacked the young Keith with sticks. He also was shot at: the bullet grazed his face. Knowing his fragile grandmother was in her room, Keith fought back with everything he had.”
Threat to rape his gran:
One of the Zulu men hissed at Lewis that they were going to rape his grandmother and then kill her. He then tried to lead the men away from his grandmother by staging an escape, hoping the two men would follow him and leave his grandmother alone. He ran outside up the dirt road towards town and waved down a police vehicle. Horror awaited father and son as they got home. Lewis Snr’s elderly mother had been dragged from her bed into the backyard. Beaten over the head, ribs broken and arm sprained, Tillett was lying helplessly in a puddle of blood in the dark, waiting in agony for her family to return.
The attackers were nowhere to be found. They’d also bashed the old family dog. Doctor Jorgenson and helpful neighbours Peter and Alan Harrison spent the whole night with the family. The original article WAS on http://www.zululandobserver.co.za/Pages/m06story1.html