The police officers who arrested the alleged killers of former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders were commended by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. “I wish to express my gratitude to the North West members of the police ... who worked tirelessly,” he said in a statement. “Their dedication towards the safekeeping of our society is a shining example of the kind of officers we expect, and are working towards sustaining.” Mthethwa urged police to continue their hard work to ensure that harsher sentences could be secured against those who committed violent crimes. “We shall not allow criminals to rob us of heroes such as the late Corrie Sanders, who, in his heyday as a professional sportsman, inspired a lot of youngsters positively through his talent.” Police and communities needed to work together, as this was the most effective solution to rooting out crime. Earlier, three men were arrested in the Oukasie, near Brits, in connection with Sanders’ murder, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said. Police received a tip-off, which led to the arrest of three men around 10am. They recovered property believed to have been stolen during the robbery in which Sanders was shot dead on Saturday. The three men would appear in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Sanders was at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge, in Brits, when armed robbers entered and began firing shots at random. He was hit in the hand and abdomen, and died in the Kalafong Hospital on Sunday. Sanders won the World Boxing Organisation’s heavyweight title in March 2003, dropping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the second round in Hanover, Germany. He retired five years later.