News Brave six-year-old girl confronts alleged robber in Port Elizabeth

Brave six-year-old girl confronts alleged robber in Port Elizabeth


A six-year-old girl from Greenbushes in Port Elizabeth has been commended for her bravery after she stood up to an alleged house robber. The girl refused to allow the suspect to take a television which she was watching at a house in Greamel Road on Friday afternoon 9 October. 


It is alleged that at about 13:25, the complainant who is a domestic worker at the house, went to her quarters on the premises to have her lunch. Her six-year-old daughter was in the main house watching television. While the complainant was eating, an unknown male armed with a panga, entered her room. The suspect threatened to harm her and took her cellphone and  R1000.  

He then took the complainant to the main house where he demanded the safe. When they entered the living room, he threatened the child and instructed her mother to unplug the TV set. 

“The child, unperturbed by the suspect’s threats, refused to let the TV set go and stood guard in front of it. She, in turn, threatened the suspect that she would call the ‘ouma’ who was asleep in the other room,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu. 

“The child then ran from the living room towards the bedroom to alert the 75-year-old woman who was sleeping at the time. The old woman awoke and on hearing the commotion headed towards the living room. On seeing the woman, the suspect ran through the back door taking a laptop. The panic alarm was immediately activated,” said Naidu. 


A description of the suspect was given and investigations were conducted in the immediate vicinity by the owner’s family and the Detective Trio Task Team members. 

At about 17:00, while the investigating officer was patrolling the nearby squatter camp with the complainant, the suspect aged 27, was spotted standing on the side of the road. 

“He was positively identified. The laptop and cellphone were recovered. Also in his bag, he had a further two laptops,” said Naidu. 

He was arrested and detained on charges of house robbery and possession of suspected stolen property and is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday 12 October 2020. 

Police are urging anyone who may be missing their laptop to contact D/Sgt Priscilla Xotyeni on 083-594-3980. 


Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner Major General Tembisile Patekile commended the little heroine for her brave stance against the suspect. 

“This little girl was not aware of the danger she was in and all she was concerned was that no one was going to take away her TV set. We are glad that no harm was done to her and the other occupants in the house,” said Patekile. 

“We urge the residents to ensure that they take proactive safety steps when at home. Never leave doors opened irrespective whether you are inside or outside the house. Always make sure that the security gate is locked at all times. Never assume that you are in a safe area. Opportunistic criminals are always on the lurk,’ added Patekile. Protection Status

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