Thugs attack women

Two Pretoria women have been attacked by a gardener and his friend at Bronkhorst-spruit, following an argument over missing household items.

Two Pretoria women have been attacked by a gardener and his friend at Bronkhorst-spruit, following an argument over missing household items.

Edri Myburgh, 26, and her mother-in-law, Anna Myburgh, 55, were reportedly tortured with a hot iron and knives after Anna's husband Hans left for work on Wednesday.

Using firearms believed to have been stolen earlier in the week, the men entered the house and overpowered the domestic worker, Paulina Zithobeni.

Anna was confronted in a passage and repeatedly stabbed before being tied up and burnt with a hot iron by the men, who demanded guns and money.

The assailants were disturbed when Edri stopped outside the house to visit her mother-in-law.

They held Zithobeni at gunpoint and forced her to tell Edri her mother-in-law was not at home, but Edri refused to leave.

On entering the house she was hit on the head and collapsed. She too was tied up and tortured.

The men packed stolen goods into the Myburgh's car and drove off with the three women moments before Hans arrived home to find out why he had been unable to contact them on cellphone or on the home telephone. Seeing blood throughout the house, he called the police.

The men were later arrested after police had blocked the N4 highway and the old Bronkhorstspruit road. Both women are in serious conditions at Pretoria East Hospital. - Sapa

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