Hundreds gather for Sanders funeral

2012-10-01 14:12
Corrie Sanders. (Picture: Beeld)

Corrie Sanders. (Picture: Beeld)

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Pretoria - Hundreds of friends and relatives of former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders filled the Wonderpark NG church in Pretoria North for his funeral on Monday morning.

Slides of Sanders were projected onto a wall with Josh Groban's song You Raise Me Up playing in the background.

His mother Alida and brother Mike, along with other family members, were visibly emotional as proceedings started.

Chris Gericke would conduct the service.

Celebrities at the funeral included boxing legend Kallie Knoetze, Joost van der Westhuizen, Darren Scott and Danny K.

Sanders won the World Boxing Organisation's heavyweight title in March 2003 by dropping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitsckho in the second round in Hanover, Germany. He retired five years later.

He was at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge, in Brits, on 22 September when armed robbers entered and began firing shots at random.

Sanders was hit in the hand and stomach and died in the Kalafong hospital the next day.

Earlier on Monday, the three men accused of murdering Sanders appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court.

Paida Fish, 19, Samuel Mabena, 27, and Chris Moyo, 25, each face one count of murder and three charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The matter was postponed to 8 October for further investigation. The men will remain in custody.

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