Golf club punch-up: man dies after a month in a coma

Zander Kotze and his wife Mienkie. (Photo: Facebook/Zander Kotze)
Zander Kotze and his wife Mienkie. (Photo: Facebook/Zander Kotze)

Zander Kotze (38), the man who was in a coma for more than a month after a fistfight at the Mbombela Golf Club, has died of his injuries. Police are opening a murder investigation.

On 7 July, Zander and a local resident apparently got into a heated argument at the club. Security camera footage shows the two men slapping each other, before they take their argument outside to the parking lot. A 40-year-old man apparently joins in the fray in the parking lot.

At one point, Zander falls, hitting his head.

He never regained consciousness. On 14 August he was moved to Mediclinic Muelmed’s rehabilitation unit in Pretoria where the family hoped he could be revived.

“The family kept hoping he’d wake up from his coma but he’d already been declared brain dead,” says JC van Rooyen, a friend of Zander’s. “Doctors could do nothing more for him.”

YOU were unable to reach Zander’s wife, Mienkie, for comment.

A source close to the investigation says she’s struggling to come to terms with her husband’s death and she doesn’t want to speak to anyone at the moment.

“The whole family is shattered. One moment you’re having drinks with your husband, and the next he’s bedridden and you have to let him go.”

Captain Zandile Gwaqa, police spokesman, confirms that a suspect has handed himself over to police.

He’s been released on bail of R2 500 and will appear in court again on 9 September, where he’s being accused of attempted murder.

“A murder investigation is underway,” Gwaqa says. 

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