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‘I survived against all odds’ – Former Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské opens up about his brush with death

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When YOU visited him previously the ­former Bok needed a machine to drain the wounds on his stomach and chest. (Photo: Papi Morake)
When YOU visited him previously the ­former Bok needed a machine to drain the wounds on his stomach and chest. (Photo: Papi Morake)

His handshake is firm when he greets us. Gone are the bandages around his right arm and the whirring device that kept the wounds on his stomach and chest clean. 

“I’m not one to throw around the word ‘miracle’,” Naka Drotské (49) says as we sit down in the living room at his home in Bloemfontein. “But I have no other way of explaining how it happened that I’m able to sit here talking to you. That’s a miracle.” 

Two years ago the 1995 Rugby World Cup legend’s family were warned to prepare for the worst. He’d been shot twice by four armed robbers during a terrifying home invasion at his brother’s home on a smallholding in Kameeldrift, Pretoria (YOU, 17 January 2019). 

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