A Pinetown family escaped a shooting unharmed when a gang of robbers opened fire on them on Wednesday. In a separate incident, armed robbers wielding a knife and a panga held up a family in their home in Springvale Road in Westville.

A Pinetown family escaped a shooting incident unharmed when a gang of robbers opened fire on them on Wednesday. 

The son had opened the gate of their Third Avenue home in Ashley to let a relative drive on to the property at around 10.47am, said Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios.
 
“The son turned his back on the gate while it was closing and walked to the back of the property where the relative was parking his vehicle. While they were chatting they noticed that six suspects had entered the house and forced the domestic worker on to the floor,” Mathios said.

He said the son then told the relative to drive back out of the property but the suspects’ vehicle, a white VW Polo, was in the way

“When the suspects saw the son and the relative’s vehicle they ran out of the house and fired several shots before fleeing from the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured,” Mathios said.

Pinetown SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

In a separate incident, armed robbers wielding a knife and a panga held up a family in their home in Springvale Road in Westville on Wednesday afternoon. 

“The suspects jumped over a fence into the property and climbed on to the roof to access the laundry room. When the resident went into the laundry she found the two suspects rifling through the family’s goods,” Mathios said. 

“One of the suspects held her up at knifepoint and the other suspect ran into the house with a panga where he held up the rest of the family. They demanded cash, jewellery and cellphones before fleeing the scene.” 

No injuries were reported.

Westville SAPS attended the scene.