Grandad murdered for TV and cellphone
70-year-old tried to protect wife, home Sobukwe funeral ends in confusion
A 70-year-old pensioner was murdered when he tried to protect his wife during a robbery at their Surrey Estate home.
The burglars fled with a TV and a cellphone after assaulting and tying up the couple with cable ties.
Police said Peter Goliath died after he put up a fight in a valiant attempt to protect his wife Elizabeth, 67, and home.
After the culprits fled. Elizabeth regained consciousness, managed to untie herself and hobbled to the neighbours to find help.
A neighbour, who asked not be named as she feared for her safety, said she heard a door opening at about 4am and got up to check through her window. “I looked out and saw her coming out of her house… She told me they were just robbed. I asked her if Peter was okay and she said he wasn’t well.”
The neighbour contacted the neighbourhood watch and they called the police and the paramedics.
The neighbour said she was in shock as this was the first time something like this had happened in their area.
Yesterday, family and friends mourned the brutal killing of Goliath.
It is believed the couple woke up in the early hours yesterday morning to the sound of burglars entering their home through the front window in their lounge.
The couple’s daughter Lizelle Seconds said she received a call just after 4am and was told to come to her parents’ home as something had happened. She said her dad had recently been in hospital because he was epileptic so she thought it might have something to do with his illness.
Instead, she was shocked to hear that he had been murdered and her mother had been attacked. “They assaulted my mom… tied them up with cable ties.”
She said her dad had been found dead on the floor next to the bed in their bedroom.
“It looked like there was a struggle. My mom is in a lot pain and they are sending her for X-rays.”
As tears welled up in her eyes, she said her father was a good man, a real character.
“He always had a lot of ‘sê-goedjies’. He also had a very dry sense of humour.”
The couple have five granddaughters. Seconds said her father loved all his grand children and “they loved their pa”.
“He was a very loving grandfather.”
She said she could not believe that people would take a life for a TV and a cellphone.
“Is that the value of life? I want to know why two old people? Why hurt them and kill him?”
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said it appears Goliath put up a fight to protect his wife and his home, but ultimately died due to his injuries, before he could receive medical treatment. Elizabeth was being treated at a nearby hospital.
“The suspects fled the scene taking a flat screen television and a cellular phone. A case of house robbery with the intent to commit a crime and murder was opened for investigation.”
Yasien Regal, chairperson of the Surrey Estate Neighbourhood Watch, said such burglaries were not a common occurrence as was the case in other areas where gangs used crowbars to enter properties. THE PAC blames the government for the chaos at Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe’s funeral.
The funeral, held in GraaffReinet yesterday, degenerated into chaos after PAC members refused to participate in the goverment’s official state funeral.
This led to the state withdrawing official status for the ceremony.
The problem began when Sobukwe’s coffin arrived at Graaff Reinet Botanical Gardens, where the state funeral had been scheduled to take place. PAC members, including veterans of its former armed wing, the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla), joined the police parade and sang the party’s liberation songs along with the police band.
They forced their way inside the venue and demanded to display the PAC flag alongside the state’s.
Government officials including Deputy President David Mabuza, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwo Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Sports Thulas Nxesi and other officials from the national government and Eastern Cape provincial government abandoned the event and handed it over to the PAC.
Government spokeswoman Phumla Williams said the disruptions led to the government withdrawing out of respect for Sobukwe.
She said: “It is sad that we had to withdraw as the government. Mama Sobukwe was granted category two of the state funeral, which meant that the people of South Africa are saying to this gallant, ‘thank you very much, we appreciate your activism’. However, because of the disruptions the government had to pull back and cut short the programme.”
She said it had not been safe for the Deputy President David Mabuza to deliver the eulogy as per the programme.
Deputy national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane said the use of the national flag and the party’s flag had placed the funeral in a non-state category.
Tsumane said: “When the president announces that there’s going to be a special funeral we need to put things together according to the procedure. Part of the procedure is that the flag is draped around the coffin. We have to respect that for the sake of the country and the constitution.
“We have to protect the purity of the national flag.”
PAC leader Luthando Mbinda said the chaos had been bound to happen because the party had been excluded from the official programme.
“You cannot talk about Mama Sobukwe without talking about the PAC and you cannot talk about the Sobukwe family and leave out the PAC.
“The intention to honour Mama Sobukwe was good but the failure was to try and exclude PAC from the proceedings. She was never given any recognition when she was still alive. She was treated in the state hospital which sometimes ran out of medication for her. We cannot have a situation where our freedom fighters are treated like this by the so-called democratic government and be given a very nice funeral after she has been ignored for a very long time,” Mbinda said.
Another PAC faction leader, Narius Moloto, got a hostile reception when he was manhandled by former Apla members at the church service which took place at the Graaff Reinet Methodist church in the morning.
Moloto left the funeral venue at the same time that government officials. He called those who had disrupted the proceedings “political hooligans, not disciplined members of the PAC”.
Mbinda, on the other hand, said what happened to Moloto was a lesson that the PAC was not about individuals. “Moloto has been referring to every PAC member as a ‘former member’; to him he is the only PAC. Whatever happened to him today, the ancestors of the organisation were telling him something,” said Mbinda.