King’s Park security ‘ran away’ during fatal fight

2013-03-28 00:00

FIDELITY Security came under the spotlight this week after it emerged that its guards may have failed to prevent a savage and fatal beating from happening right under their noses at King’s Park rugby stadium last Saturday.

Former British Royal Marine Brett Williams (28) died after being kicked and punched on the outfields of King’s Park rugby stadium following the Sharks’ win over the Melbourne Rebels in Durban on Saturday.

According to witnesses at the scene, Williams — reportedly a South African-born British citizen — was outnumbered three to one in the fatal attack.

Witnesses claim that at least 15 Fidelity guards were seen running away from the instigators, one of whom was described as a “big body-building type”.

Mid Illovo resident John Lowe told The Witness that he had been braaing when he saw three men assaulting Williams. We saw him being shoved around from where we were braaing. The big guy was the main oke and he had two sidekicks along with him.

“He [Williams] then sat down holding his head after being beaten. They went back to him and kicked him,” said Lowe.

On Tuesday, Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl said in a statement that “Fidelity Security had done everything possible to assist in stopping the fight”.

Lowe disputed this, describing the Fidelity guards as “useless” and claiming that one official “sat in his golf cart and watched before disappearing”.

“The security guys kept running away from him.

“After the beating, we saw him walking away, and we told the security guards to go arrest him. They ran after him and they stopped him.

“He said something to them and they let him go. When they got to the gate, he and his two sidekicks hi-fived each other as they left,” Lowe said.

He said alcohol could have been the main cause of the fatal attack.

Another witness, Pietermaritzburg resident Beverley Bartlett, said she had been sitting on the field some distance from the clubhouse when she saw a group of security guards run past.

They took one look at the bodybuilder and fled, she said, describing the man as average in height with a well-developed upper body. I’d say he was the equivalent of a rugby player. He was very well-built,” she said.

“The guy should have been dealt with when it was still a pub brawl, before it became a murder.

“I don’t think Brian van Zyl has heard any of the eyewitness accounts.

“There is no way I would be happy if security had acted in that way,” she said. “Two of the guys that were with us went to the security guards to ask them why they weren’t doing anything to arrest this man, to which the main security official replied, ‘You go and arrest them, big boy’.”

Fidelity CEO Wahl Bartmann yesterday told The Witness that some of the officers were pushed around by the people that were involved. “All of the details will be revealed in the police investigation,” said Bartmann.

He said security officers were posted at various points around the stadium, and those who were assigned to parking lot, which is near the outfield, were not trained to conduct crowd control.

Williams’s cousin, Johannesburg resident Tarryn Williams, posted her grief on social media this week: “I wish we could turn back time and say I love you and a final goodbye. Can’t imagine you not being here to finished all our plans [sic],” she wrote on Facebook.

His death had left a “huge hole” in the hearts and lives of the family, she added. On Tuesday, police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of murder was being investigated. No arrests have yet been made.

Numerous attempts to contact Van Zyl were unsuccessful.

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