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Brutal attack with club at golf course

By Katlego Moeng Crime Reporter | Jan 14, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 184 ]

'The K-word was being used repeatedly'

A 60-year-old golf instructor is in a serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Sunninghill Hospital after being attacked with a golf club.

Nathan Maluleke suffered a broken jaw and concussion because of head trauma. He also lost some teeth in the attack.

Maluleke's crime was trying to protect the integrity of his workplace - Vodacom World of Golf in Woodmead, north of Johannesburg.

His wife, Busi Maluleke, said: "I had come to pick up my husband from work. I had just arrived and had pulled over in the parking lot.

"As I was getting out of the car for my husband to drive us, we noticed a group that was making a lot of noise, using vulgar language and the K-word was also right up there being used repeatedly."

She said after her husband put his golf bag in the boot, he approached the woman walking behind two young men in the group.

"My husband went there to ask her to tone it down as the language being used was not good for the integrity of the place and was generally offensive," she said.

Maluleke said that as her husband tried to reason with the woman, the elder looking of the two boys turned back and attacked the elderly man physically.

"A scuffle broke out, with other patrons trying to intervene. I did not see what happened but all of a sudden Nathan was on the ground bleeding after being hit over the head with a golf club.

"The woman's husband admitted to have continued hitting him and punching him as he showed off his hands to other people," she said.

Maluleke said, from the pieces of information she could gather, the family's anger was sparked by an employee who had mistakenly stepped on a pair of expensive sunglasses that belonged to one of the two boys.

"The owner of the place, who seems to know the violent family very well, tried to convince my husband not to open a case, saying they would look after him. But I insisted and refused to leave until a case was registered," she said.

Midrand police confirmed that a case was registered last night but could not elaborate on details.

World of Golf could not be reached for comment last night. Staff there said management would only be available today.

- moengk@sowetan.co.za

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CharlesTaylor

And those boys need to be sentenced according to the full extent of the law. What they have done is inexcusable, but do not let the actions of a few ignorant b@stards askew your perception of all Afrik@ners.

Jan 14, 2013 12:50 | 0 replies

What a terrible story. I really hope that he recovers soon! Big up to his wife for ensuring that charges were laid with the police. How can his employer even ask that he not press charges? Disgraceful!

Jan 14, 2013 12:24 | 0 replies

Veraatheghost, did school come out early today, or are you bunking again?

Jan 14, 2013 12:17 | 0 replies

veraatheghost

You're such a troll...

Jan 14, 2013 12:6 | 0 replies

God everyone is on crack? What happened to decorum and educated debate.... This is all slander and rubbish at best!

Jan 14, 2013 12:6 | 0 replies

do we seriously think that we act the same way to every person next to us with the same skin pigment?? Hell, my very own brother & sister & I are all SOOO different from each other & we come from the same parents.
The attackers in this crime are small minded, probably badly educated bigots & in no way represent every other white person. That mentality is what Apartheid was founded on - are we to become exactly like the oppressors now? Small minded?

Jan 14, 2013 12:2 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor

LOL
You have some very weird issues

Jan 14, 2013 11:56 | 0 replies

its sh!t like this that makes one to miss Comrade Chriss Hani, Peter Mokaba other comrades of a similar pure communist state of mind. your attack will dfnately be noted. its incidents like this that makes one wish Juju was the president of the country.

Jan 14, 2013 11:54 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor

Are you on crack?

Jan 14, 2013 11:52 | 0 replies

I guess we're all still trapped in this mentally that when we see a human beings with different colour then we have a right to retaliate and insult and hurt them. I guess our children will grow up with the same mentality. We are all the same stop treating each other as animals.Grow up for f%% sake

Jan 14, 2013 11:49 | 0 replies

So much k@k over a pair of sun glasses? its like SA is sitting on the time bomb with ppl full of rage waiting just for tiny provocation to unleash their violent selves.

If the owner of the club tried to prevent victims from laying charges then he has no business ethics.

Speedy recovery to the victim, it would be interesting if Sowetan update us and give full details of the story, not just the one side.

Jan 14, 2013 12:25 | 0 replies