Elderly man forced to withdraw money, murdered soon after

Elderly man forced to withdraw money, murdered soon after

Charles du Plessis a 70-year-old man from the East Rand was shot dead by robbers while he had to withdraw money at an ATM.

The armed robbers also shot dead Charles’s brother Christo (also in his 70’s).

On Wednesday four armed robbers broke into Charles and his wife Marie’s (68) house at about 23:30 in Elsburg.

The robbers tied Marie up and stole two TV sets, two watches and robbed 3 000 Rand.

According to a family member, Marie heard the robbers said to Charles: “What you own is not enough.”

They forced him in his Nissan Sentra and drove 500 m to the nearest Absa ATM.

They shot Charles in the stomach in front of the gates of the bank premises and left him for dead.

Charles’s body was found by a passerby on Monday at about 02:15 and called the police.

Christo, who lives in his brother’s yard, was shot in his caravan. He later died in a hospital.

According to John Knoetze, their neighbor, he sold them the Nissan Sentra.

“This morning I heard someone at my gate at 6:00. It was the police. They said my car was found, and I told them I sold it a few weeks ago to Charles.”

Knoetze said the police then went to the Du Plessis’s house where they found Marie tied up, but unharmed.

“I really did not hear anything. It is for me a hell of a shock. I spoke to Charles by the wall the previous day. They were really decent people.

“We always felt safe, but now I installed cameras. It’s a bad situation” said Knoetze.

According to warrant officer Andre de Jager of the Elsburg police, no suspects have been arrested yet.

De Jager said the Nissan was found burnt out in Rondebult.

Charlotte Cloete from Johannesburg told Beeld: “My father (Charles) was a very good man who always was peaceful.

“I cannot believe this has happened to him.”