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Durban - A Unisa criminology student and a domestic worker fought for their lives in a robbery this week, using their physical strength to close a bedroom door while two robbers tried to force it open.
Megan and Noma (whose surnames have been withheld for their safety) were at home in Glen Hills in Durban when there was a pounding on the front door. Noma began screaming and Megan went to investigate.
At that moment armed robbers smashed through the door.
Two men pursued the women who ran to the master bedroom to lock themselves in.
“We were trying to close and lock the door while they were trying to open it. We had to protect ourselves because we did not know what they would do to us,” said Megan. “We struggled with them and they slammed the door on my face, but we managed to close and lock it so they could not get us.”
The men tried to break the door down but failed. In the process, Megan’s eyes were bruised and her nose was broken.
Norma, who had a cellphone and a remote control device on her, pressed the panic button to alert the security company.
Security guards and the police arrived, but the gang had run off. The men stole a cellphone, laptop, and other items.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said Greenwood Park police were investigating a case of house robbery and no arrests had been made.