A 38-year-old man was shot and killed while protecting his partner during a house robbery in Alberton, Beeld reported on Saturday.
“He always said he would protect me to the end, until his death. And that was what happened - until his death,” his partner Jenny Wilson told the newspaper on Friday.
Juan de Villiers was robbed of his cellphone, wallet and three bottles of wine.
The newspaper reported that after a party at their home on Wednesday night, De Villiers fell asleep on the couch in the living room.
According to Wilson, two men attacked him and tied him up with shoe laces in the kitchen.
“I don't know exactly what happened, but when I opened my eyes there were two men in my room,” she said.
She said one man grabbed her and she bit and kicked to get away, realising she needed to get out of the house.
“I ran down the hall screaming for Juan to help. I pushed out the back door and before I could do anything Juan was there.
“Three shots were fired and then it was quiet.”
De Villiers underwent an emergency operation at the Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton, but the machines that were keeping him alive were switched off a few hours later. - Sapa