Pieter van der Westhuizen, a brother to South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, gunned down two armed robbers who tried robbing a congregation during a church service on Sunday.
Three robbers stormed the Querencia Ministries church in Wierda Park, Centurion, South Africa, on Sunday and proceeded to try and rob members of the congregation at gunpoint.
According to Netwerk24, two of the robbers were then killed by Pieter van der Westhuizen who was among the congregation. The third robber was wounded but managed to escape using the car they came with.
According to Ruan Heyns of the Community Emergency Response Team, the pastor of the church, Kobus Erasmus and other worshippers were pushed around and pistol-whipped by the men.
According to Ruan, at one point one of the robbers reportedly held a pistol to Erasmus’ head.
The shooter, Van der Westhuizen – a former police officer, is co-operating with the police investigation and his lawyer Ulrich Roux has said his client acted in self-defence when he used the weapon to shoot the attackers.