Drunken driving charges against Andre Pretorius were dropped because of a lack of evidence and not because the case docket was lost.
The Bok flyhalf has clarified to keo.co.za that, contrary to media reports, police did not lose his docket.
Rather, the public prosecutor made the decision not to prosecute Pretorius because of a lack of evidence and low chance of conviction. The withdrawn charges are in line with Pretorius’s consistent statement that he was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident in question.
“‘Relieved’ is the first word that comes to mind,” Pretorius told keo.co.za. “It’s just good that this is behind me. I don’t know where the story of a lost docket comes from, that certainly isn’t the case. I don’t want to dwell on it though.
“I’ve always known I was innocent, but despite that it’s stuck in the back of my mind and really has been an unpleasant six weeks.”
The development means that Pretorius is able to rejoin his Cats’ teammates on tour as soon as he gets the all-clear from the doctor who is currently monitoring the last stages of rehab to the ankle injury suffered in Buenos Aires late last year.
“The fact that the rehab has gone so well is what has kept me sane. I ran for the first time yesterday, and otherwise have been doing a lot of gym work. The doctor has me scheduled for a test next week, and there’s definitely a chance I’ll be in the mix for the Cats before they return for the home leg. I have to consider the whole year though, and won’t rush back if it will be detrimental to me in the long term.”
Pretorius admitted that watching his side stumble in three of four fixtures, and scrape a win in the other, has been difficult.
“It’s been terrible to watch the guys. I know the way they train and how much effort and ideas are going into their campaign, so obviously what’s happening is very disappointing. The right work ethic is there though, so I hope they bounce back soon.”