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
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“common assault was registered and withdrawn three days later at the Welkom Magistrates
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.
BEATEN UP: Preston ‘Presss’ Sihlangu says thugs attacked him at a Welkom joint.