10111 call fail during Sanders shooting

2012-10-23 08:40
People protest outside the Brits Magistrate's Court where three suspects appeared for Corrie Sanders murder. (Hanti Otto, Beeld)

People protest outside the Brits Magistrate's Court where three suspects appeared for Corrie Sanders murder. (Hanti Otto, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A relative of Corrie Sanders called the police’s emergency number while shots that eventually led to the boxing legend’s death were fired in the Brits restaurant.

But the person who answered the 10111 call apparently said they couldn’t help because “we don’t deal with North West”, reported Beeld.

The call made by a sister-in-law of Sanders lasted for only 32 seconds, said his brother Mike.

Sanders was shot at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge outside Brits during an armed robbery on September 22.

He was attending the 21st birthday party of his nephew Michael when three men stormed in and demanded that customers lie on the floor and hand over their valuables.

When they fled the scene, random shots were fired. Sanders was hit in the hand and abdomen.

He died of his wounds in the Kalafong hospital the following day.

An AfriForum spokesperson said the organisation would lay an official complaint with the provincial commissioner and ask that the claim be investigated.

“Couldn’t they just have put the call through to the nearest police station?” asked Nantes Kelder, head of AfriForum’s investigation unit.

Case postponed

Meanwhile, the case of three men accused of murdering Sanders was postponed in the Brits Magistrate's Court, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Samuel Mabena, 27, Chris Moyo, 25, and Paida Fish, 19, would be back in court on November 13 to finalise legal representation.

The three face charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

A group of residents from Oukasie, an informal settlement where the three Zimbabweans were arrested, came on Monday to support Sanders' family at court.

The late boxer's brother Mike said it was comforting to the family to see so much support.

"I have known many of these men for years, and some of them previously worked for me," he said.

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