In a tragic incident on Wednesday afternoon in Ocean View, Cape Town, two elderly brothers were brutally attacked by a group of men. Gerald and James Geldenhuis were trying to help strangers requesting water and cigarettes when they fell victim to a vicious robbery. Gerald, just three days before his 84th birthday, died as a result of the attack, while James, aged 73, suffered severe stab wounds and was rushed to the hospital.
Eyewitness Account of the Ordeal
According to the Cape Argus, James managed to recount the harrowing ordeal to a relative before receiving medical treatment. A worried neighbor discovered the wounded brothers and called the relative, finding both men lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds. James asked his relative and the neighbor to record his statement on their phones to guarantee the police would receive it if he didn’t survive the attack.
Details of the Attack
James described how one of the suspects approached their residence, asking for water and cigarettes. When he went inside to assist, four men allegedly entered the house, stabbing his 83-year-old brother in the living room. One of the attackers grabbed a kettle of boiling water from the kitchen and threw it at James as he attempted to help his brother. The assailants then stabbed James several times, stole the brothers’ TV and sound system, and left the two men lying in their own blood.
Victims Known for Generosity
The siblings were known for their generosity and willingness to help others in need. That’s why they opened their doors to strangers seeking water, said the relative.
Captain FC van Wyk, the Ocean View SAPS spokesperson, announced that the department is investigating the case as a house robbery, murder, and attempted murder. Upon arriving at the scene, SAPS members found paramedics attending to the two injured brothers. Captain van Wyk confirmed that the primary motive for the attack was robbery, as the assailants had stolen a television from the residence.
Appeal for Information
The authorities have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.