S.Africa neighbourhood watch boss robbed at gunpoint

22nd November 2013, Comments 0 comments

The head of South Africa's neighbourhood watch hotline, CrimeLine, and his family were robbed at gunpoint at their home near Pretoria Friday, his employers said.

Two armed men entered Yusuf Abramjee's home in Erasmia, west of Pretoria, at around 9:30 am (0730 GMT), after cutting through the electric fence.

Abramjee, who is also a media executive, runs CrimeLine, a tip-off hotline that passes information anonymously to the police.

"The suspects demanded the keys of Abramjee's BMW and while they were reversing the car out of the garage, opened fire on the house," said Primedia, where Abramjee is head of news and current affairs.

"A shootout ensued," when Abramjee and his youngest son returned fire.

Nobody was injured during the attack and the men are still at large.

It is suspected they broke into Abramjee's home to steal a get-away vehicle after committing another robbery nearby.

An average of around 45 people are murdered each day in South Africa, according to government figures.

© 2013 AFP

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