Wilton Pietersen: our thoughts are with you

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content on 23 Mar 2009 at 14:28
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Guys – it turns out promising Cheetahs (and junior Bok) fullback Wilton Pietersen was seriously injured in a car accident earlier today.

Details are sketchy at this stage, but Pietersen is apparently in a very serious condition at the moment and early indications are that his future rugby career is very much in jeopardy. Obviously at this time, it is inevtiable to think back to the horror accident a few years ago that left Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize paralysed from the waist down. Promising front-ranker Pompies Wessels lost his life that day as well.

Wilton Pietersen was born in Mossel Bay and played for SWD at Craven Week, as a product of Outeniqua High. He joined the Cheetahs after school and played very well for them in a few Currie Cup appearances last year. He also represented South Africa three times – at Schools level in 2006, under 19 level in 2007 and under 20 level in 2008.

Our thoughts, prayers, good wishes and deepest sympathy go out to Wilton, his family, friends and teammates at this difficult time.


  • Stay strong…

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.09 14:35:00 by Morné Reply
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  • hang in there.

    SHIT, but I hate stories like this. Makes my blood run cold.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.09 14:38:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope he recovers from this set back. He is a real promising player!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.09 14:46:29 by wpw Reply
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  • Pretty sad this :shock: any update?

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.09 14:47:14 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • :shock: :!:

    Sterkte buddy!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.09 14:57:09 by Claytie Reply
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  • Not cool – hope he’ll pull through…

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.09 14:57:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 4) : will let you know if I hear anything

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.09 14:58:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I was hoping to see him playing for the Cheetahs now with their home games. :cry: Well times like this just show there sure is more important things in life then rugby. Prayers and best wishes to the kid!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.09 15:01:00 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • All the best Wilton.

    Has class stamped all over him, but most important of all, I just hope he is ok.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.09 15:35:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Sad, heres hoping all will be well and that we see him on a rugby fiel some time soon.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.09 16:08:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • hey – just reading some of the stories out there, it sounds as though he may not be able to play rugby again this year…

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.09 18:44:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • “A setback has hit the Vodacom Cheetahs Super 14 squad, with star fullback Wilton Pietersen in the Intensive Care Unit of the Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic after a serious car accident this morning. Indications are that Pietersen will not play any rugby for the rest of the season. He recently recovered from a knee operation and was due take to field for the Vodacom Cup side within the next week or two and it was also hoped that he would be fit to play for the Cheetahs in the Super 14.”

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.09 18:44:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sad news…this guy is a quality player. Strong, quick and a try scorer. Get well soon!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.09 23:35:15 by Villie Reply
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  • Shocker… many rate him as a future star…

    When oh when is RSA going to take a strong stand on unlicensed drivers, intoxicated drivers (the most disgraceful country in the world for this IMO) improving their roads, etc etc etc…

    The sheer amount of friends I’ve lost since leaving school to the above in RSA is just not acceptable…

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.09 04:31:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • our thoughts are with you and your family man.

    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) : i agree, but even the licenced sober people drive like maniacs here. after living overseas for almost 5 years and returning i was shocked at how people drive here. I just recently moved from the cape to rustenburg and here they drive even worse! aggressive all the time, tailgating, overtaking on the left when there is only 1 lane, etc. it drives me mad!

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.09 08:05:38 by knersboy Reply

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  • All the best, hopefully a full and speedy recovery is on the cards !

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.09 09:07:03 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Oih not good reading this in the Burger this morning. Sound like Pietersen and friends were rof en onbeskof after we gave them a lot of attention.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.09 09:29:30 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 17) :

    What is a ‘petrol joggie’… a ‘rev-head’… eh I don’t get most of that?

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.09 13:11:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) : The oke at the petrol station that puts petrol in your car, checks your oil, washes your windscreen.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.09 13:19:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) :

    Petrol Attendend… :wink:

    @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    With a smile!! :grin: :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.09 13:40:26 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) :

    “pump jockey” is probably the best translation. :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.09 13:53:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :
    @Prof. Ice (Comment 20) :

    Got ya… :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.09 13:54:03 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 20) :

    Except when you are full of [email protected] with him, then he doesn’t want to serve you and if you have safety in numbers you moer him. :sad:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.09 13:54:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    Yep… none of those here….

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.09 13:56:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 24) :

    We have them here, but here it IS a petrol station. You can’t get water or air at the PETROL station. :sad:

    Most of them have a tyre repair and oils change workshop next door that you can use for air and water, but they are not linked or controlled by the petrol station, so they work normal working hours where the petrol is available 24hrs. (Strange set-up)

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.03.09 14:01:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    Lol… that is weird…

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.09 14:03:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Yeah…is there any truth behinf that or does no-one know yet?

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.09 14:12:06 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 27) :

    It must be true I read it with my own two eyes. :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.09 14:18:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) :

    HAHAHA…just wanted to give the kid the benefit of the doubt..

    @wpw (Comment 3) :

    And besides that…a real promising shitstirrer too?? :sad:

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.09 14:31:12 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : I’ll translate that for bryce, Regte kak makertjie. :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.09 15:00:54 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 30) :


  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.09 15:28:53 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Sleutelbeen? :?:

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.09 15:41:57 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 32) : collarbone

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.09 15:53:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 32) :

    Collar bone.. :cool:

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.09 15:54:42 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 33) :

    Chings! :wink:

    Cheers all! :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.03.09 15:56:48 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 32) : collarbone

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.03.09 15:59:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 35) : cheerio. :smile:

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.03.09 16:04:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 32) :


  • Comment 38, posted at 24.03.09 18:35:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : Thanks all you clutchies. :wink:

    I was trying to figure that one out.

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.03.09 20:25:12 by Villie Reply
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  • If they were driving drunk, they deserve what they get.

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.03.09 08:22:03 by Loosehead Reply

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  • Hawies Fourie said former SA U20 fullback Wilton Pietersen was meant to feature for Free State this weekend, but a recent car accident has ruled out any chance of a comeback. Sadly, Pietersen may never play again after sustaining serious head injuries.

    ‘I visited him yesterday in ICU and he is fighting for his life,’ Fourie said. ‘When he was awake, he could barely register or understand what you were saying to him.

    ‘We’re hoping he recovers, but he’ll be lucky if he ever plays rugby again.’

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.03.09 11:41:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • What about this drama?
    Hostage crisis rocks Sharks Academy in Durban
    Posted: Today at 7:40am
    More details have emerged in the ongoing hostage situation in Durban.

    The Mercury has been learnt that a member of the Sharks Academy, the development team of the provincial rugby team, arrived at the home provided for the players on Percy Osborne Road, Morningside, in the afternoon, apparently after having an accident in his vehicle.

    On arrival at the home, he crashed into a wall.

    The player entered the home and began drinking alcohol, becoming more belligerent as the afternoon wore on. At some point he produced a gun and began threatening his fellow players. Some of those who escaped from the home said they had had the gun pressed into their chests.

    The player apparently took two colleagues hostage in a room in the house.

    Some of the remaining players took refuge in their own rooms while those who could left the house.

    The police arrived at the home and negotiated the release of the two hostages, but not before the player fired about six shots at the officers in the early evening.

    The remaining players were safely removed from the house and were being counselled at the scene on Monday night.

    Hostage negotiators were still trying to persuade the man to give himself up on Monday night.

    What the hell is going on with the youngsters?

    Scoonbee please return home Boet, you dont need this kind a kak!

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.03.09 08:52:45 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Futher news on this one
    Cops foil tense DBN hostage drama

    March 31 2009 at 07:00AM

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    Hostage crisis rocks Sharks Academy in Durban
    Durban police caught up in hostage drama
    Brumbies refuse to move from hotel
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    By Jeff Wicks

    A tense four-hour hostage drama in Stamford Hill, Durban, ended with the arrest of a promising local rugby player last night.

    The man’s 23 housemates, whom he had terrorised at gunpoint, were released unharmed.

    The stand-off played out at a boarding house occupied by rugby players of several clubs and academies, at the corner of Ford Grove and Carey Road.

    ‘He started pointing the gun at everyone’
    The man, who is 23, plays for College Rovers Rugby Club. He arrived at the house at about 6pm, having reportedly been involved in a vehicle accident earlier.

    One of the hostages, who would not be named, said the man had crashed his car and, in an apparent rage, crashed into a retaining wall on his arrival back at the house.

    “He came inside and was shouting at everyone to call him a cab. He pulled a gun out and shouted at me to call him a cab. He said he was going to sort things out,” he said.

    He started pointing the gun at everyone and then he thrust it into my chest and demanded that I get him a taxi.”

    Estate manager Tristan Manning said the gunman barricaded himself in a room with two hostages when he saw police arrive.

    “I managed to get all the guys into the other units of the house. There was then an exchange of gunfire between him and the police. While that was taking place we managed to evacuate all the occupants through the windows and over the boundary fence,” he said.

    While some officers and the man exchanged fire, others were seen running with firearms drawn, surrounding the property.

    The man repeatedly hurled abuse at officers who persistently called on him to release his friends and to come out.

    Soon after the shots were fired, he released both his prisoners but holed himself up in a room on the ground floor of the double-storey building.

    Police Superintendent Jay Naicker said that hostage negotiators were called in to try to reason with the man.

    “The negotiators tried to calm the man down, speaking to him from a safe distance behind police vehicles.

    He could be heard screaming through an open window, and making phone calls to his brother and father.”

    Naicker said that the elite police special task force and National Intervention Unit were then called to the scene to resolve the situation.

    Heavily armed officers clad in camouflage gear were seen scaling the boundary fence with weapons drawn, sidling along the side of the house towards an open window.

    “Members of the task force moved into position while negotiators reasoned with the man. The officers forced their way into the house, breaking windows as they entered when they were given the order to breach.”

    The muffled explosions of stun grenades echoed through the house, followed by the sound of breaking glass.

    The handcuffed and huddled figure of the gunman was dragged from the house by officers to waiting paramedics soon afterwards.

    ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the man was treated at the scene before being taken away to be charged.

    “The man sustained superficial injuries and bruises to his face but was otherwise unharmed.”

    College Rovers Rugby Club chairman Graham Mackenzie described the gunman as “a nice kid”.

    “He is a totally normal guy, a Hilton College old boy and a very talented rugby player with a bright future.

    “I think he’s a nice kid and we’re all puzzled by why this happened,” Mackenzie said.

    Naicker said the gunman would face several charges.

    “His main charges will be that of the attempted murder of the police officers, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and resisting arrest.”

    He added that all the occupants of the house underwent trauma counselling at the scene.

    The players, including Sharks Academy players, gathered a short distance from the house where they relived the earlier events.

    They described the gunman as a loner, saying they did not know him well. He had appeared depressed in recent days and had spoken of his mother’s death in 2002.

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.03.09 10:00:00 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 43) :

    Name him and shame him… mind you… shooting at a police officer, taking hostages, unlawful possession of a firearm… he’ll be getting at least 5 yrs at Westville prison…

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.03.09 10:10:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 43) :

    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 44) :

    Sharks Press Release

    Durban Rugby House Incident

    The Sharks Academy would like to clarify some facts surrounding the reported hostage incident which occurred last night, Monday 30 March 2009, in Stamford Hill, Durban.

    The house where the incident occurred is not, as reported, a Sharks Academy house but rather a general boarding establishment for rugby players, which includes Sharks Academy players. The perpetrator is a College Rovers rugby player but is not a member of the Sharks Academy.

    Hans Scriba, the Managing Director of the Durban-based Sharks Academy, and Graham Mackenzie, chairman of College Rovers Rugby Club stated “All the boys involved with last night’s incident are receiving counseling and we are happy to report they are all responding positively.”

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.03.09 10:53:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 45) :

    Shocking all the same…

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.03.09 11:01:48 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 46) :

    Damn right, but Sharks not involved in anyway as the articles make out.

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.03.09 11:05:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : Good luck to the players then. Trust me it never is a pleasant experience for any person, more so for that youngsters that had to go through this truama.

  • Comment 48, posted at 31.03.09 11:38:13 by PaarlBok Reply

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