SA men take down Australian robbers

2012-06-29 09:21 Johannesburg - Two Australian robbers have been overpowered by two former South African men in a house in Queensland, Australia, Beeld newspaper reported on Friday.

Former East Rand businessman Theo Nel, 42, and his father Kobus Delport, 68, the former head of the security police's Springs branch, overpowered the burglars, beat them up and subdued them until the police arrived.

Nel told the newspaper that this was one of the first home invasions ever in Queensland, and that journalists had camped on the family's lawn for two days afterwards.

Two masked burglars, armed with automatic rifles, stormed into Nel's home, and took him to the study to fetch his wallet.

It was there that he and his father overpowered and disarmed them.

Delport broke one of the rifles on one of the burglar's head, while Nel broke his knobkerrie beating the other man.

"There was one hell of a fight, but we hammered them. I just wanted to protect my family," Nel said.