Six-year-old girl named a hero for standing up to robber

A Port Elizabeth six-year-old girl stood up to a house robber. 

And police have commended her heroic actions. 

It all started when an unknown man armed with a panga entered her room.

Police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu said the little girl, the daughter of a domestic worker who works for the 75-year-old owner of the house, was watching TV on Friday afternoon.

It’s alleged the girl’s mother had gone to her quarters to have lunch, Timeslive reports. The robber then allegedly threatened her and took her cellphone and R1,000 – before taking the woman to the main house and demanding to be shown the safe.

Naidu said:

  • “When they entered the living room, he threatened the child and instructed her mother to unplug the TV set”
  • “The child refused to let the TV set go and stood guard in front of it”
  • The girl reportedly said she was going to call the “ouma” who was asleep in another room
  • After the girl ran to the homeowner’s room, the panic alarm was activated

Naidu said the suspect was identified later that afternoon, and the laptop and cellphone were recovered along with two other laptops. He is due in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Nelson Mandela Bay District police commissioner Maj-Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the little girl for her brave stand against the suspect.

“We are glad that no harm was done to her and the other occupants in the house.”