Spring­boks hero tack­led bad guys

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Front Page - Nico Gous

“Naka Drot­ské saved my chil­dren’s lives.”

That is what Ti­nus Drot­ské‚ brother of the for­mer Spring­bok rugby player‚ told Naka’s wife‚ Marzanne‚ after the Bok hero was shot three times dur­ing a home in­va­sion on Thurs­day night in Pre­to­ria.

Naka‚ fel­low for­mer Spring­bok team­mate Os du Randt and Ti­nus‚ with Ti­nus’s three chil­dren‚ were to­gether when four men barged into the house at 9.15pm. “Naka jumped up and stormed them‚ and then they shot him three times‚ and then luck­ily they fled.

“The chil­dren‚ no-one else was harmed‚” Ti­nus said.

Naka‚ who played nu­mer­ous Tests for the Spring­boks and was part of the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup‚ was shot in the right side of the chest‚ stom­ach and right arm.

Du Randt raced Naka to hospi­tal‚ but veered off the road‚ caus­ing two tyres to burst in the race to get med­i­cal help.

Marzanne said: “Two guys luck­ily picked them up and then took them to the hospi­tal.”

Naka is be­ing treated at Mon­tana Hospi­tal in Pre­to­ria.

“They are try­ing to sta­bilise him.

“He lost an aw­ful lot of blood. They will have to fix his right el­bow be­cause ev­ery­thing there is frac­tured‚” Marzanne said.

Naka and Du Randt were in Pre­to­ria on busi­ness and met Ti­nus on a small­hold­ing in Kameeldrift on the north­east­ern out­skirts of Pre­to­ria.

Marzanne said they had never been the vic­tims of such a crime and she had thought Du Randt was jok­ing when he phoned her.

Two peo­ple are be­ing ques­tioned in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing.

Po­lice spokesper­son Kay Makhubele said on Fri­day that the pair had not been ar­rested but were be­ing ques­tioned. –

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