A 78-year old man died after he, his wife and their housekeeper were assaulted when suspects ransacked a home in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape Police said

The man was found dead, with his hands bound and mouth covered with sellotape, after the robbery.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart said the robbers tied up the man, his 76-year-old wife and their housekeeper and sealed their mouths with sellotape during the attack at around 5 pm on Thursday.

The housekeeper was allegedly working outside the house when she was approached by two unknown men armed with firearms who pushed her inside before tying her and her employers up.

Swart said the men assaulted the elderly couple during the robbery.

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“The suspects demanded the keys of the safe and the 76-year-old woman was forced to unlock it,” she said.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash, other valuables and fled the scene on foot.

Swart said two hours after the incident the housekeeper managed to alert neighbours who immediately called ambulance services and the police.

The neighbours discovered the elderly man lying face down in the living room, hands still bound and mouth covered, and when paramedics arrived on the scene they established he was dead.

Swart said the cause of his death was unknown at this stage. The two female victims were severely traumatised and received medical treatment.

Police have opened a case of house robbery and murder, and launched a manhunt for the suspects.

“Members from the South African Police Service will not rest until the suspects are apprehended,” Humansdorp cluster commander, Brigadier John Lebok said.

Author: ANA Newswire