Durban - Another victim of an attack outside Kings Park Stadium has come forward following the brutal murder of a rugby fan.
According to the IOL website
, the attack in which South African-born former Royal Marine Williams died is not the only isolated incident of violence to occur recently outside of Kings Park.
A student was assaulted at the previous match after the Sharks suffered a loss against the Brumbies.
The Durban North student, who did not want to be identified, was attacked by three thugs who struck him with their arms and legs until he lost consciousness, then continued to strike him, while he was unconscious, with repeated blows to the head.
When the student woke up at home the next day, he could barely walk, suffered headaches and had hardly any memory of the three, except that one of them wore a leg brace and that they were "younger than me and white".
The student said the fight had broken out after he passed an innocent comment about the young man's leg brace.
"I made a comment about his leg brace. It was all fun and we laughed about it. We just walked past one another," he said. 'I understand if I offended him, but I don’t think it gave him permission to do that to me.'
The student’s uncle, Jason du Plessis, said he had not seen that his nephew was "lights out".
He said that, the attack was definitely not carried out by the same perpetrators as the men who allegedly killed Williams, as his nephew’s attackers did not appear big enough to have been beefed up by steroids.
Du Plessis said one asked: "Are you making fun of the guy with the leg brace?"
"We ignored them, and then when I looked around I saw my nephew on the floor and them kicking him. I tried my best to get them off. Other people saw me and started holding me back, as they would when trying to stop a fight."
On Wednesday the student was horrified to read a report about Brett Williams having been kicked, strangled and beaten to death at the same stadium.
"I read the first couple of lines and thought: 'Jeepers, I am lucky'," he said. "I then sent an SMS to my mom to tell her about it, and at exactly the same moment she was messaging me the news."
He had reported the matter to the police for insurance purposes.
The student said after the incident he had decided he would not be attending rugby matches in future.
"I don’t want to go, to be honest. I would just be putting myself at risk."
Meanwhile, Sharks Spokesman Novashni Chetty has reassured the public that the Sharks will do their utmost to beef up security measures in and around the stadium in future.
"The safety of our patrons is of paramount importance to us, and we will
put measures in place to ensure that this type of incident does not
occur at our stadium again. We offer our sincere condolences to the
family of the deceased, and strongly condemn this tragic incident."