Nov 12 2007 -- A young Afrikaner girl, Helene Kerkhof, 21, who had just returned to her home country South Africa after working for two years in Taiwan, was tied to her dying father Rian by four armed attackers shortly after arriving that same day. The four men stormed into the cottage, gunned the unarmed man down -- and then tied the young girl to her seriously-injured dad and terrorised the father and daughter for over an hour.
They even sat around eating food from the refrigerator while her dad just lay there dying and Helene was pleading with them to let her call an ambulance. They just laughed at her, she said.
The young woman eventually untied her bonds and managed to hide in the garden until the men had looted the house. Only then could she alert an ambulance and the police to their plight. Her father died later in hospital.
There have been many reports in South Africa of travellers having been followed from airports after arriving on international flights and attacked, robbed and murdered.
- She had just arrived from an international flight from Taiwan and was catching up on some sleep when the armed men stormed in.