Pretoria pensioner killed

Randall Bason. Photo: Supplied.

A Garsfontein pensioner was murdered this week, after being the target of several attempted burglaries at his home.

Randall Bason (70) was brutally stabbed and strangled during an apparent robbery on Monday morning.

His wife Theresa discovered his body around 11:00.

He was found with computer speaker cables around his neck. Several kitchen knives were strewn about the house.

Bason’s son, Russel, said there had been at least 10 attempts to get into the property in the past four months.

“Nobody ever broke into the house, but they continually tested the security, getting bolder each time,” said Russel.

“My father also recently chopped down a tree that was used to gain access to the property. He spent the past four weeks touching up security. He still wanted to put barbed wire up on Monday morning, but he never got to it.”

Russel describes his father as the most loving person, but as a fighter as well.

“I always described him as a teddy bear, but he was a fighter as well. He hated bad service, and took immense pride in his work,” he said.

He said the murder has been a shock to the entire family.

“I haven’t told my children yet that their grandfather had died. I will soon, but they do not need the details. I just hope the police catch these men.”

Garsfontein police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller confirmed that police had opened a murder docket and that an investigation was underway.

“At this stage the cause of death has not been established. An autopsy will be performed soon though,” he said.

Anyone with any information on the murder could call the Garsfontein police on 012-470-4200.

Do you have more information about the story? Please send us an email to or phone us on 083 625 4114.

For free breaking and community news, visit Rekord’s websites:

Rekord East

Rekord North

Rekord Centurion

Rekord Moot

For more news and interesting articles, like Rekord on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

  • We have exciting news! We’re offering a free alert to help you always be in the loop. Send an email with the word ‘Subscribe’ to to receive your free daily breaking news update.

find your
dream home

looking for an

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News


ptacenturion ptanorth
Recommended Story x
Used goods dealer arrested

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our free NEWSLETTER
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.

SELECT your titles:

Centurion Rekord
Rekord East
Rekord Moot
Rekord North

Your details:

Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)