Elderly man killed in Sophiatown robbery

An elderly couple were robbed in their home. The woman is in hospital after being strangled.

FILE: An elderly couple were robbed in their home. The woman is in hospital after being strangled. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - With the latest crime statistics showing an increase in contact crimes including murder and armed robbery, police are searching for two suspects who attacked an elderly couple in their Sophiatown home killing the man in and leaving his wife with serious injuries.

The man who was in his 70s was declared dead on the scene this morning after last night's armed robbery while his wife remains in critical condition in hospital.

The suspects made off with jewellery and household goods.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "It happened during the early hours of this morning at about 3am when a couple were attacked in their cottage. The 71-year-old man was stabbed to death and his wife was strangled during the house robbery."

Meanwhile, the ANC in Parliament has praised the police for their efforts in fighting crime but opposition parties have labelled the latest crime figures as catastrophic and a crisis.

The DA's Dianne Kohler-Barnard said the murder figures are catastrophic and at a level expected to be in a country at war.

While EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said neither Police Minister Nathi Nhleko nor top cop Riah Phiyega can lead the fight against the upsurge in crime.

"To demonstrate, a desperate and humiliated people are beginning to take the law unto themselves violently just to put food on the table."

The Freedom Front Plus wants figures to be released every quarter with the party's Peter Groenewald warning that the country's crime levels are a crisis.