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'Act of God' saves Makwetla's aide

By unknown | Feb 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Ntime Skhosana, the spokesman for Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla, was nearly killed when an intruder fired two shots at him in his house, in the Nelspruit suburb of Stonehenge, on Thursday.

Skhosana, who had just returned from leave, was alone asleep in his bedroom when he saw a man tip-toeing across the room shortly after 3am.

"I shouted at the top of my voice pretending there was another person in the house so as to scare the intruder away and simultaneously jumped on the man without thinking straight," Skhosana said.

He said the two grabbed each other and rolled together on the floor before the man produced a gun and pointed it straight between his eyes.

"I looked straight at the barrel of the gun and realised that it was time for me to die, but when I saw the man's finger starting to pull the trigger, I fell down on the floor out of shock.

"He fired two shots missing, me by inches."

He said the suspect took his cellphone and ran out of the house, but when Skhosana peeped out of the window he saw someone joining the robber before they disappeared.

Skhosana called the police emergency number and reported the incident.

"I'm lucky to be alive and I thank God for that because if He had not caused me to fall down that bastard could have killed me," Skhosana said.

Lowveld police confirmed the alleged incident, saying fingerprint experts had been sent to the house to investigate.


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