Jacques’s dad is inconsolable, says uncle

2008-08-22 00:00

Johannesburg — Inconsolable and bitter over his son’s death because it could have been prevented.

That’s how his brother has described Gerhardt Pretorius, whose 16-year-old son Jacques died at the hands of the so-called sword killer.

Jacques’s uncle Buks spoke on behalf of the family and said he felt incapable of consoling his brother.

“How do you console your brother and tell him it’ll get better after something like this happens to his child?”

Buks said Jacques’s best friend, J.C. Welman, phoned Gerhardt with the shattering news soon after the attack on Monday.

Gerhardt then phoned Buks at about 8 am on Monday with the words: “Buks, Jacques is dead”.

Buks rushed to his brother’s side at the school.

Jacques’s body was still lying there as police investigated the crime scene.

Jacques was Gerhardt’s eldest son. He also has an 11-year-old boy.

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