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Assault Victim in Klerksdorp Dies; Suspect Now Faces Murder Charge

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The peaceful city of Klerksdorp has been shocked by a brutal case of assault leading to death. Hilton Pretorius, a 32-year-old man, succumbed to severe brain injuries sustained during an altercation that occurred in a shopping mall parking lot in Doornkruin, earlier this month.

The assault gained widespread attention after video footage of the incident quickly circulated on social media platforms, stirring public outrage. The video portrays a truly disturbing scene, wherein a 44-year-old man attempts to defuse the heated situation but instead ends up knocked unconscious.

This older victim, fortunately, was treated in time and survived, suffering a concussion and a shoulder injury. However, Pretorius, suffering from an inflicted brain injury, met a tragic end.

Following the incident, the police detained the alleged perpetrator, 33-year-old Wernich Botha, who was later released on bail for R2,000. According to Colonel Adele Myburgh, a police spokesperson, Botha now faces a charge of murder alongside assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and is expected back in court on the 19th of October.

Police officials have strictly condemned the incident and called for public discretion, urging not to share the viral video, as it could hamper the ongoing investigations. The incident also received condemnation by the Provincial Commissioner of the North West Province, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena.

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