Joburg couple kills two house robbers

Johannesburg - A couple killed two robbers who overpowered them in their home in southern Johannesburg in the early hours of the morning, Gauteng police said on Monday.

One of them fell to his death from their balcony while the wife shot dead the second robber.

Two men wearing balaclavas broke into their home in Swartberg street, Glenvista around 04:20 and made their way into the bedroom where its owners were asleep, said Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale in a statement.

"The intruders shouted at the couple that they were going to shoot them. A struggle for one suspect's firearm ensued with the man of the house, a shot went off and he managed to fight off the assailant who fell off the third floor balcony to his death.

"At that stage the wife reached for her licensed firearm under her pillow and shot the second intruder. Both were certified died on the scene. One died in the bedroom and the other just outside the front door of the premises."

Cases of house robbery and an inquest have been opened for investigation, said Mogale.

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