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Durban - A Durban family were targeted by robbers twice this week at their Morningside home.
On Wednesday night, a teenager received stitches to his forehead after he was struck with a crowbar during an attempted robbery.
The boy, 13, and his family, who did not want to be named, were confronted by three men at their Waller Road home.
It is alleged the suspects forced their way into the home when the teenager’s 16-year-old brother went to close the front gate.
The 13-year-old was in the bedroom when he heard his grannies - 78 and 76 years old - scream in the kitchen.
His mother and father were in the dining room preparing for the evening prayer and supper.
“A man wearing a balaclava appeared at our room door. My brother (a 19-year-old) and I tried to push the door closed.
“Half of his body was through the door. He could not get inside and began swinging the crowbar… to fend us off.
“That’s when I was struck on my forehead. We eventually managed to push him out and shut the door,” said the boy.
Both brothers hid in the locked room, fearing the worst for their family.
Meanwhile the brother who had been confronted by the robbers jumped over the boundary wall into the neighbours’ yard. He fell on his face, bruising his nose, arm and leg.
One of the suspects opened fire on the boy’s father, who returned fire. The suspects fled the home in a waiting vehicle.
On Tuesday, three suspects forced open the gate and door of the same home with a crowbar.
Two women were home at the time. They were forced to lie on the floor and were covered with a blanket. But the women screamed, alerting neighbours. The robbers took jewellery and cash.
It is believed the suspects parked their getaway vehicle in the garage.
Dr Shabir Randaree, who treated the 13-year-old, said he received three stitches.
Mayville police are investigating a case of house robbery.