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Durban - A Merebank pensioner preached her way out of being harmed by robbers who broke into her home.
Two men had climbed over the fence to Ayesha Mohammed’s Chittagong Road home on Thursday.
They unlocked the kitchen door, surprising her as she was cooking.
On Monday, Mohammed, 62, said one of the men pointed a firearm at her while the other walked into the rooms demanding to know where she kept her safe.
She was alone at the time and feared the worst.
“I said to them I am a Muslim and I am not afraid to die. I told them these were immaterial things to me. I also offered them a Qur’an so that they can read it and change their lives. They looked at me dumbfounded but did not take it,” she said. “I told them to get closer to their Creator.”
The robbers threatened to beat her several times with the butt of a gun.
They then took a few rand and a laptop, but as they were leaving the house, one blurted to the other that he should shoot Mohammed.
“I was calm and when I heard the part, ‘kill her”, I told him he should think carefully. I told him I am like a mother to him,” she said. “I held his hand just above the wrist and told him God is watching.”
The robbers left hastily without harming Mohammed.
In nearby Merewent, meanwhile, four men held up resident Bhoola Palladh Sukkhu, also 62, at gunpoint in his Umarkot Crescent home.
Sukkhu said he heard a knock on his front door and opened it, expecting to see his son-in-law. He was shocked when a man wearing a scarf over his face placed the barrel of a gun on his forehead.
“Three others appeared out of nowhere and pushed me inside. I was forced to lie on my bed face down,” he said.
“They kept demanding my safe keys but I don’t have one. They ransacked my three-bedroom house and prayer room.”
Sukkhu said all the cupboard drawers were pulled out and the contents emptied on to the floor. He had to keep his head down on a pillow throughout the ordeal.
“When I picked my head up for a gasp of air I was slapped,” Sukkhu said.
The men took his flat screen television, cellphones, two laptops and jewellery worth about R80 000.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, confirmed that two cases of house robbery were opened for investigation at the Wentworth police station.
He said no arrests had been made.