Sunday World - - News - NGWAKO MALATJI

JAZZ mu­si­cian and for­mer 101 mem­ber Presss was hit in the face with a beer bot­tle and beaten up by a bunch of so­cial misfits in a brawl fu­elled by the nec­tar of the gods.

And the muso es­caped go­ing to jail by a whisker af­ter the hooli­gans can­celled the case of as­sault they had opened against him at the Welkom Po­lice Sta­tion in the Free State.

The in­ci­dent, which was cov­ered in a veil of se­crecy, oc­curred at Welkom s pop­u­lar

’ haunt Sports­man and Cubar in Welkom a fort­night ago.

Presss con­firms that he sus­tained in­juries to his mouth and nose dur­ing the scuf­fle.

He also con­firms that his as­sailants opened a case of as­sault against him but with­drew it when he ap­peared at the lo­cal mag­is­trates court last week

’ on Wed­nes­day.

Re­lat­ing the or­deal to Sun­day World , Presss says he and his busi­ness part­ner, who co-owns the drink­ing spot, booked DJ Chris­tos to per­form at the venue.

He says while he was chill­ing with his friends he was ap­proached by one of the pa­trons, who com­plained that a woman was pick-pock­et­ing the rev­ellers.

I stepped in, con­fronted the “woman and while we were talk­ing her boyfriend came to me and warned me not to talk to his girl­friend in a dis­re­spect­ful man­ner, he says.

” The short-fused Presss lost his cool and splashed his drink in the face of the woman s

’ boyfriend.

A lit­tle later his club ran out of booze, so Presss started to make his way to an ad­ja­cent joint to fuel up.

While he was walk­ing there, two friends of the man he had bap­tised a man and a woman “”–

pounced on him. –

He claims they hit him in the mouth and on the nose with an empty al­co­hol bot­tle.

They then punched and kicked him.

He was res­cued by his younger brother, who en­tered the fray and blud­geoned the thugs.

I think these guys “would have killed me had my brother not been around to res­cue me,” he says.

He says the po­lice, who had been tipped off about the fight, ar­rived at the scene.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Stephen Thak­eng con­firms: A case of

“com­mon as­sault was reg­is­tered and with­drawn three days later at the Welkom Mag­is­trates

’ Court.”

Presss says he was sur­prised when the po­lice phoned to ask him to come to the po­lice sta­tion to make a state­ment. They beat me to the “punch by open­ing a case against me be­fore I could open one against them,” he says. Presss says he met with the com­plainants at the be­hest of his fam­ily and they agreed to with­draw charges against him.

But he says is now re­ceiv­ing death threats.

I m get­ting calls from “’ peo­ple say­ing they don t want

’ to see me in Welkom and if they see me I m dead meat,”

’ he says.


Picture by Peter Mogaki

BEATEN UP: Pre­ston ‘Presss’ Sih­langu says thugs at­tacked him at a Welkom joint.

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