In a press release issued by SAPS yesterday, SA Police Services confirmed St Francis Bay police are investigating a case of house robbery and attempted murder after a homeowner shot and wounded a house robbery suspect during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, said it was alleged at around 02:45 five men armed with crowbars and knives forced open the lounge window of a house in Waratah Avenue, Cape St Francis.

Nkohli said the couple inside the house were attacked and during a scuffle the homeowner was able to get his licensed firearm. “He shot and wounded one of the suspects. The other four suspects fled the scene, and the wounded suspect ran a short distance but fell near the driveway.”

Police recovered a crowbar, cable ties and two stolen cell phones, one of which were in possession of the suspect.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and the rest of the family, his wife and two children were unharmed..

The injured suspect, 26, was taken to hospital and placed under police guard whilst the police are searching for the other four suspects who managed to flee the scene.

Dane Shaw, chairman of Cape St Francis Civic Association commented that in view of what is an increasing security threat, the time has come to consider proceeding with the proposed extension to security fence line from the Air Park through to the R330, as well as across to the entrance to Rebels Rus reserve entrance (see graphics below). As the project would be costly Shaw said Civics will be looking at ways to fund this and other security projects that Civics have in the pipeline.

Following this and so many other incidences in recent months, the news in yesterday’s St Francis Today’s news regarding the CCTV cameras planned for St Francis highlights our region’s leaders understanding of just how important it is to bolster our security in every way possible.  That SFPO had the foresight include CCTV in their SRA plans and although there are some still opposed to the SRA’s plans it is interesting to note that some 20% of SRA contributions will go directly to paying for the CCTV and other security measures.

Whilst the SRA introduced in St Francis Bay’s sees improvements to the town being more fairly shared by all property owners, Cape St Francis Civics Association relies on membership fees with the rest of what they do coming from donations.

Faced with last night’s incident in Cape St Francis and similar incidents occurring in the future, this is indeed a pittance to pay to minimise the possibility of similar intrusions and attacks with possible loss of life.

Could the costs of opposing the SFPO’s efforts to improve SFB not be better spent making our region a better and safer place to live?

FOOTNOTE: Let us pray that the attempted murder charge against a man protecting his family be dismissed immediately. To put a family through further trauma with an absolutely stupid law is ridiculous. It is a natural instinct of almost every being, human and animal, to protect their family when threatened!