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Heroic 12-year-old Neil Brenkman managed to sneak a 9mm pistol to his father during an armed robbery at their home on Saturday night.
The act saved the Pretoria family from a gang of robbers, according to a report by News24.
One of the robbers was killed in the ensuing gunfight. The others fled.
His mother Petro said: "I kept praying. Neil was the hero of the day. If it weren't for him, we'd all be dead."
Neil said: "My nerves are shot. I don't think I'm a hero."
The family and their friends were attacked at their home in Amandasig at about 10.30pm.
The robbers forced Neil's parents, Nick and Petro, as well as their visitors Alice and Jack D'Almeida onto the veranda.
Neil managed to get away and got his father's gun from the safe.
When one of the robbers came in to herd him onto the veranda as well, Neil hid the weapon in his trousers, walked up to his dad and sneaked the firearm to him.
One robber saw this and opened fire. Brenkman fired until his pistol jammed.
"I knew I had to do something, so I went to fetch the weapon," Neil said.
"I didn't really think - just that I should help."
Petro was hit in the ankle, Nick was shot in the hand and Alice D'Almeida tore a ligament.
The body of one of the robbers was found outside the house. He had been shot several times. - Sapa