An unfortunate event took place in the early hours of Sunday morning (29 May) in Bridgwater. A 20-year-old South African cricketer was physically assaulted by a few men near the Green Dragon pub in Friarn Street in Bridgwater, at about 03:00 BST. Mondli who plays for North Petherton was assaulted on his way back home.
The 20-year-old received severe injuries and was given emergency treatment. He still remains in the hospital in critical condition. Mondli’s teammate Tian Koekemoer has urged people to pray for the young cricketer’s life. “What a sick world we live in! 😡Please pray for my teammate Mondli Khumalo! 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️🐘. He was brutally assaulted while heading home from a night out and he is currently fighting for his life in hospital in the UK,” tweeted Tian.
What a sick world we live in! 😡Please pray for my teammate Mondli Khumalo! 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️🐘
He was brutally assaulted while heading home from a night out and he is currently fighting for his life in hospital in the UK. pic.twitter.com/94MrXhArs4
— Tian Koekemoer (@TianKoekemoer07) May 30, 2022
The local police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm to the player. Supt Richard Turner said: “We’re investigating a serious assault on 20-year-old Mondli Khumalo, who remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after undergoing emergency treatment.”
“We’re taking steps to ensure Mondli’s family in South Africa are being kept fully updated on his condition, as well as how our investigation is progressing. “A full investigation is underway and we’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries and are continuing to review CCTV footage from around the area to ensure we gather all available evidence,” he added.
North Petherton Cricket Club extends support
Mondli’s team North Petherton Cricket Club extended their support to the cricketer and wished for his full speed recovery. “All at North Petherton Cricket Club are in shock at the incident in Bridgwater that has led to our much-loved overseas player Mondli Khumalo being hospitalised in Southmead Hospital in Bristol this morning.
“We extend our heartfelt support to Mondli for a full and speedy recovery. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues in South Africa,” said NPCC in a statement.