Centurion man’s foot amputated after shooting

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Stephan Ferreira (47) believed he had been in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when he was shot at his Monrik smallholding two weeks ago.

Stephan Ferreira (47) in Unitas hospital. Photo: Supplied

A Centurion man shot while chasing his neighbours’ attackers has had his foot amputated.

Stephan Ferreira (47) believed he had been in the “wrong place at the wrong time” when he was shot at his Monrik smallholding two weeks ago.

The drama started on Sunday, 9 June, at around 20:00, when he received a WhatsApp message that his 89-year-old neighbour and her 67-year-old deaf-mute son had been attacked by an unknown number of men.

The son was stabbed in the face above his left eye with a sharp object believed to be a screwdriver during the assault.

“I immediately went to the nearby smallholding to see if I could help,” Ferreira said.

He said when he arrived, other neighbours were already there.

“I asked them where the attackers had gone and they told me they had fled in the direction of my home.”

Ferreira suspected the attackers were heading for the Hennops River, which flows adjacent to his property.

“In winter, dead trees fall into the water making it easy to cross,” he said.

“When I got back home, I got out of my bakkie and made my way on foot to the river.

“I had just rounded my horse stables, when I heard two shots ring out and I was hit in my left foot.”

He said one bullet struck the ball of his ankle leaving it “completely shattered”.

“My brother-in-law was behind me and rushed to help. He and the rest of my family rushed me to Unitas hospital.”

Ferreira said doctors told him they had to amputate his foot immediately.

“You hear about it happening to friends and then family and then one day it happens to you.”

Wierdabrug police spokesperson Captain Agnes Huma confirmed a case of attempted murder had been opened.

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