Comrades winner Nick Bester seriously assaulted and robbed whilst training

Crime Correspondent

Comrades winner Nick Bester seriously assaulted and robbed whilst training
Comrades winner Nick Bester seriously assaulted and robbed whilst training

Nick Bester (60), the Comrades winner of 1991, was seriously assaulted and injured by a barbarian gang whilst he was hiking in the Magaliesberg, north of Pretoria, near the Mabopane highway. He was preparing for the ” Battle of the Sports” competition, a race over 200 km to determine which sport produces the toughest sportsmen.

Bester was stalked from behind by three black men and then tied up and viciously beaten. He told the media that he didn’t even see his attackers coming. Bester do not stay far from the place he was assaulted.

Bester’s cheekbone and 3 ribs were broken in the attack. He said he thought he was going to die as the attackers threatened to stab or shoot him with his own 38 revolver which they had taken from him.

Bester says he was beaten with a stone in the face and also with the butt of his revolver. The attackers also kicked him whilst he was down on the ground. When the attackers left, Bester had to, still tied, sail down the mountain until he found somebody who untied him. He sought help at a nearby house.

He was eventually taken to the Eugene Marais hospital where he was admitted. Besides the mentioned broken bones he sustained various cuts to his head and legs, his revolver and cellphone were robbed.

Bester was also attacked 10 years ago in the same vicinity, assaulted and robbed of a R50 000 mountain bike.

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