Klerksdorp father still critical after assault


Hilton Pretorius (32), who was injured almost a week ago in an assault incident in Klerksdorp, North West, is in an unchanged condition.

Col. Adéle Myburgh, spokesperson for the police, said Pretorius is still in a critical condition in hospital.

A friend of the family also confirmed to RNews that Pretorius’ condition has not changed. He remains under anesthesia.

RNews reported earlier about the incident during which Pretorius and PW Roos (44) sustained serious injuries. The incident took place on 3 September at 13:25 in the car park of a shopping center in Doringkruin.

Wernich Botha (33), who was arrested in connection with the incident, was released on bail of R2 000 in the magistrate’s court in Klerksdorp on Thursday. He is on trial on charges of attempted murder and assault with intent to seriously injure.

“The case has been adjourned until October 19 for further investigation,” Myburgh confirmed earlier.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital after the incident. Roos suffered a shoulder injury and concussion. He has since been released from the hospital. Pretorius suffered severe brain damage.

A Back-a-Buddy fundraising initiative was launched for Pretorius to cover his medical and legal costs.

“Hilton Pretorius – beloved father, son and brother – is currently fighting for his life in hospital. Hilton suffered very serious injuries and is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU). His skull is cracked, he has bleeding on the brain and is currently under sedation. His medical and legal costs are astronomical. We are asking for any help, if possible, to help the family in this regard,” reads the message of the fundraising initiative.

A video of the incident spread like wildfire on social media. The police requested that members of the public not distribute the video further because it could interfere with the investigation.