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Boxing heavyweight Corrie Sanders murdered

By Sowetan LIVE | Sep 23, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 30 ]

Corrie Sanders - South Africa's former world boxing champion - was murdered in an armed robbery at the weekend. He was 46

Sanders was shot and killed in an armed robbery at a restaurant.

The shooting took place in Brits, near Pretoria, at a 21st birthday function for a family member on Saturday.

Sanders was wounded in the stomach and hand. He was taken to hospital, where he died of his wounds in the early hours of Sunday.

Corrie Sanders' second-round TKO win against Vladimir Klitschko on March 8, 2003 is one of the best-ever performances by a South African boxer.

Klitschko was considered the heir apparent to the great Lennox Lewis so Sanders' win was a great achievement, especially as Klitschko is back at the top again.

When the boxing websitepound4pound.com recently recalled Sanders' career, he was asked to describe his feeling of becoming champion of the world. Sanders replied: "It's the third best thing that happened to me in my life. The first and the second greatest things are my daughter and my son".

Tributes to Sanders have been pouring in on radio and on Twitter, as the boxing fraternity and the public hear of the shocking news.

Sports journalist Neal Collins says on his blog that Sanders was the victim of a random shooting when three armed men raided the restaurant at Thatch Haven Country Lodge, just off Carel de Wet Road near Brits outside Pretoria.

He died after emergency surgery at Kalafong Hospital.

"Corrie didn't try anything heroic, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They shot him in the stomach. There was also a wound in his arm," an eyewitness told Collins.

"We were at Thatch Haven near Brits to celebrate with Corrie’s brother Mike. His son, also Mike, is 21 next week.

"There were 48 people at the restaurant, it’s just off the main road. We arrived at around 4pm on Saturday. At about 6pm, as it was getting dark, Mike gave a speech. Then the grandfather stood up and offered a prayer.

"That’s when we heard three or four shots. At first we thought it was the kids playing around. Then we realised it was serious.

"There were three of them. Armed with pistols. They were telling everyone to lie down and give them their wallets and mobile phones. They didn’t take much. They were working their way through the room when a car alarm went off outside and they panicked and ran.

"Corrie was the only one shot. He didn’t try anything heroic as far as I could see. He was just in the wrong place, by the entrance. They shot him through the stomach and I also saw a wound in his arm, it might have been from the same bullet, which went right through him.

"I think they shot him as a lesson to the rest of us, to say they were serious."

Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman expressed his shock on Twitter, saying "Can't describe in words how sad I am to hear about the senseless murder of my friend Corrie Sanders. RIP".

Recent Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burg, who along with Schoeman also hails from Pretoria - as did Sanders - said: “Rest in peace Corrie. A champion of the world”.

Former Springbok captain John Smith in London tweeted: "Just woke up to news of Corrie Sanders having been murdered last night, what another senseless waste of life in SA. RIP Champion".

Springbok rugby player Breyton Paulse tweeted “Gone too soon” while ex-Proteas cricketer Pat Symcox said: "Feel sick to the core. Just so damn angry over Corrie's murder. A helpless feeling and one that wants to scream out".

Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates star Mark Fish said: "So sad to hear about the tragic death of SA boxing great and a true gentleman Corrie Sanders. Condolences to all his family".

Sports reporter David Isaacson said: "Trainer Harold Volbrecht had a small gym: Corrie and Msukisi Sikali were stable-mates and world champs together. Both murdered. Shocking". Three-time world champ Sikali was killed in a stabbing in Uitenhage in 2005. He died for his cellphone.

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Very sad. Condolences to Corrie's family and friends

Sep 23, 2012 7:54 | 0 replies

RIP Corrie

Only if cops were employed to deal with criminals, instead they are all sent to Marikana coz of greedy bastards from the president of this country just because of money, it's pity this kind of slayings do not happen to their gurded families nxa

Sep 24, 2012 11:36 | 0 replies

Condolences to the family of yet another proud South African slain in his own country.
If it is true that the people shall govern,then we must demand a referundum for the people of this country to decide on the return of the Death penalty,at least for violent crimes alone.
The respect for human life by criminals needs to be restored as soon as possible. We need to quit impressing international humanitarians for political points,at the expense of our own citizens.
It looks like it is not enough to leave our well being and that of our children,to be decided by individuals who have no immediate safety worries because they all have body guards 24/7.
The police alone cant fight this murder stigma of S.A. while the Justice and Correctional Departments are always dropping the ball with low sentences and prisoner amnesties for killers.

@Nigerian
The sooner you remove your know all azz from here the better. Like a true hypocrite,you have been singing this song for ages now.I hope you will be heading straight for your own country and Boko Haram,then you will see the real need for self imposed and government curfews.


Sep 24, 2012 12:33 | 0 replies

All the reason to disarm the country: Msholozi, CALL FOR A 3-MONTH GUN AMNESTY!! Then whoever decide to keep his gun and fire it should face a President's discretionary death penalty, to be green-paper-d by parliament and agreed with presiding judges. Otherwise the country is staring at Civil war in the face

Sep 24, 2012 4:0 | 0 replies

Piet, I feel you my brother, there is too much freedom/democracy in this country and when things go our way, half the country cry, the same when they go wrong. I hope its true, the champ did n`t try to be a hero with his arrogance, anyway rip to all our people who passed away this long weekend. Life goes on.

Sep 24, 2012 4:13 | 0 replies

skhokho21

WTF are you saying!!!!???

Sep 24, 2012 7:15 | 0 replies

Corrie is not resting in peace people.

He died in excruciating agony from a Gun shot wound to the stomach.

Fcuk the blak criminals in this cuntry.

Sep 24, 2012 8:42 | 0 replies

R.I.P Corrie crime in south africa is out of control,the government is failing its citizens

Sep 25, 2012 8:32 | 0 replies

@warren the dufus

Hey donkey ,Boko Haram only operates in a few states in the North of Nigeria while i reside in the South.Even with that, the North of Nigeria is still way safer than the whole of Mzansi.Go check out the crime stats on natiomaster before you start running your diarrhea here.Afghanistan,DRC,Iraq which are at war are even safer than SA,damn dude get head out of your bloody azz.Your country is on fire what are you going to do about it instead of getting your xenophobic knickers in a twist about lil ol me?

Sep 25, 2012 9:10 | 0 replies

The advise we give to Boxers, Karate people or all those who have defensive skills, dont ever try to fight a man carrying a gun, just shelve your boxing skills and abide with them to save your life, these crooks are not South Africans and they dont care, they shoot at anything and anybody. In situation like that, please remain calm and abide with them, don't try to be a hero.

condolences to the family of a Champion. My your spirit hond the killers for the rest of their lives

Sep 25, 2012 9:30 | 0 replies

All the police and soldiers are in the mines, eish we need private guards

Sep 25, 2012 9:42 | 0 replies