The elderly Port Elizabeth woman who was bludgeoned with a hammer by two men in her Kamma Park home last month has died.
Ann Smit, 86, was found lying in a pool of blood in her house in Martha Street about four weeks ago.
She died in Greencares Hospital shortly before 9am yesterday from head injuries sustained in the assault.
Smit had been discharged from hospital about a week after the May 28 attack but was readmitted a few days later due to complications.
Police are still searching for her attackers.
Smit’s son, Andre, 59, of Alberton in Gauteng, said: “We noticed her condition deteriorate in recent weeks.
“She was readmitted to hospital a few days [after] her discharge.
“Over the past two weeks, her condition just started to deteriorate in hospital.”
Andre described his mother as a strong and resilient woman, who had raised six boys and was the grandmother of nine children.
“She was much loved and a very devoted mother,” he said.
“She has been a widow for 11 years and has been cared for by one of my brothers in Port Elizabeth.
“The family is spread out across the country and family members have been in and out of Port Elizabeth since the attack.
“Many have since left to go back home but managed to say their goodbyes earlier this week when her condition just got to such a bad state.”
Andre said more details had emerged since the attack.
“At the time, it was thought that the men had attacked her during a robbery.
“But we discovered later that she had actually heard the two men breaking into a neighbour’s house and had gone to investigate, which then led to the confrontation and attack inside her house.”
He said Smit had been bludgeoned with either the back of an axe or a hammer.
“This fractured her skull and caused other damage which, in time, resulted in her death.