Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

LATEST: Young SA cricket star shows ‘positive’ recovery sign after assault

Young cricket star Mondli Khumalo is said to be showing signs of ‘improvement’ after a third surgery required after a brutal assault.

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

KwaZulu-Natal Inland seamer Mondli Khumalo, who is currently the overseas professional at North Petherton Cricket Club in England, was brutally assaulted in Bridgwater in the early hours of Sunday morning. Khumalo has been capped four times at first-class level, while the highly-regarded youngster has also played for South Africa’s Under-19 team.


The youngster was said to have undergone successful surgery on both Sunday and Monday, while he then had to go in for further emergency surgery.

It’s believed another bloodclot from his brain needed to be removed, but the good news shared on Wednesday indicated that he remained stable.

After being placed in an induced coma, it’s been revealed that he has begun to be removed from sedation, and is starting to show positive signs of recovery.

 Khumalo’s agent Rob Humphries has said that the young cricketer has begun to show signs of mobility.

“There was a third bleed on the brain and it needed to be operated. That particular operation has been successful,” Humphries said, as quoted by Sport24.

“There’s been no further blood clotting and all of his vital numbers have started to go up as a result of that third surgery.

“I spend the whole day with him and he’s trying to open his eyes, trying to remove his breathing apparatus, and he can move his legs.

“The feedback is that they’ve reduced his sedation by quite a lot as he’s showing physical signs of life, so the fact he can move his hands and legs is important.”

Meanwhile, chief executive of the KZN Inland Cricket Union Jason Sathiaseelan, also shared positive news.

“The fact that he’s going to be removed from his induced coma is absolutely positive news. As everybody knows, it’s a very sad matter, but he is definitely making progress,” said Sathiaseelan on Thursday afternoon.


The police had confirmed that they arrested a suspect, who has subsequently been released on bail.

 “A 20-year-old man was assaulted during this incident and he’s in hospital undergoing treatment after suffering serious head injuries,” a statement read.

“The incident happened at around 3am in the Friarn Street area, and involved a large number of people. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The police added: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward, including anyone who either filmed it on a mobile phone, or who may have any relevant dash cam footage.”

The young cricket star suffered severe head injuries 

The cricket club also responded to the news on social media.

“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.

“The matter is now being investigated by the Avon and Somerset Police. 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. Our thanks to those that helped Mondli, especially the health service staff on scene and at hospital.”


Cricket South Africa’s chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki said the organisation has offered the necessary support to the family.

“CSA is deeply saddened by the unfortunate assault inflicted on Mondli, who has been a shining star in the CSA U19 setup,” Moseki said

“We share in the Khumalo family’s pain and anguish and have consequently dedicated senior officials to offer whatever support that might be required by the Khumalo family.

“So far collaboration with KZN Cricket Inland and various stakeholders has yielded positive results, which will hopefully lighten the Khumalo family’s challenges at this difficult time.”