Corrie Sanders 'died a hero'

2012-09-23 14:38

Johannesburg - The ex-wife of shot SA boxing champion Corrie Sanders saw him being shot by robbers and described the night to Eyewitness News.

Sunette Sanders said robbers came into the Thatch Haven restaurant in Brits on Saturday night and started kicking and slapping people.

Sanders and her ex were attending the 21st birthday party of a nephew.

She became emotional when she told how Corrie dove to protect his daughter when shots were fired.

“I think he died a hero. He was just protecting his girl because they were shooting.”

Sanders was shot twice, in the arm and stomach.

News of his death has shocked the country and tributes and condolences have been streaming in.

'The Sniper'

Sanders, nicknamed "The Sniper" in his fighting days, was one of South Africa's most successful boxers on the global stage, winning the WBO title and holding his own against some of the most respected boxers in the world.

The heavyweight southpaw, trained by Harold Volbrecht, fought 46 times in his career, losing only four bouts.

He got off to a great start as a professional, making a name for himself when he won his first 23 fights on the trot in the early 1990's before he was stopped in the second round by Nate Tubbs in his first defeat.

Sanders made his first real breakthrough in May 2000, and while he lost to Hasim Rahman in a seventh-round knockout, the South African had dropped the American as early as the first round, proving his ability in the heavyweight ranks.

"I've never been hit like that in my life," said Rahman, who would go on to beat Lennox Lewis the following year for the WBC, IBO and IBF titles.

After considering retirement, and winning a couple more bouts, Sanders accepted a late invitation in March 2003, at the age of 37, to fight Wladimir Klitschko, and he stopped the Unkrainian in the second round to lift the WBO crown.

Having relinquished the title, after Lewis announced his retirement and Sanders struggled to find a worthy opponent, the South African, now the number one challenger for the WBC belt, went up against Klitschko's older brother, Vitali, and held him off in a gutsy display for eight rounds before he was knocked out.

He retired in 2008, after going down to fellow South African Osborne Machimana in his last contest in the ring, and Sanders, a successful businessman, became a keen golfer after hanging up his gloves.


  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-09-23 14:44

    No Greater Love .....

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-09-23 15:15

      So sad,may the family have divine strength throughout this ordeal.My condolences to family. I don't think i will miss this country when i leave next year.Things are just getting worse in every aspect of life in SA.Such a shame considering the potential this country has.Animals just go around shooting innocent people for a phone or some pocket change.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-23 15:39

      I've have yet to see another more barbaric and heartless country than that which is my own country South Africa.People just have no respect whatsoever for another person's life in our country. My deepest sympathies and condolences to this man's family and friends. RIP Corrie.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-23 17:07

      I don't know what to say anymore,every day this happens to a lot of inocent people, words for what, this is an outlaw country.

      melckv - 2012-09-23 17:33

      So sad - a good person that never stopped caring for others - RIP Corry -

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 18:02

      Abner, I am sorry but I have to disagree that poverty is such a contributor to crime. I would like for your to google the crime stats in India, Thailand, Sri Lanka etc. I have been to Thailand a few times and barring Bangkok, it must be one of the poorest places in the world. And the crime in comparison the SA - it cannot even be mentioned. It becomes a contributor when people need an excuse why they are doing crime, and why the are staying poor. Disrespect for human life, disrespect for others property and disrespect in general is a much bigger contributor.

      rbphiri - 2012-09-23 18:28

      A hero Indeed, Justice will take it's course and hopefully in the next round it will be a knockout for the bast@rd robbers and murderers.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 18:43

      Dude, I will simply ignore your statement about me being a racists. So, what you are saying is that if there is a gap between the rich and the poor, it is justifiable for the poor to do crime? I do not understand your reasoning at all - that sounds more like envious crime to me......And are you suggesting that there are no rich people in India, thailand etc? That is presumptions! I will tell you why it is excusable in our country to think like that - because the poor have been taught so. Poor people, they kill because they are hungry - they rape because they are hungry, the beat the living daylights out of people, because they are hungry. Bulls%^t!!! It is crimes of hatred, of jealousy and of inferiority.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-23 18:52

      abner.malema... so if somebody doesn't agree with you then they are a racist? You are the worst kind of pathetic there is!

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-23 20:37

      @Abner, cousin of Julius. You cannot accuse a person of racism just because you don't like what you read. You are actually the racist for bringing race into the comments. Prior to yours, no comment was about race. Now go and play bok-bok in Ventersdorp you little sh*t.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-09-24 06:40

      Because of Apartheid? What a pathetic excuse for barbarism. My parents lived through the depression and were poor. The toll of innocent Afrikaner women and children that died in concentration camps from 1899 to 1902 (only 3 years) nearly matches the civilian death toll attributed to Apartheid from 1948 to 1994 (over 46 years). And constituted a much higher percentage of the Afrikaner population. That did not compel the Afrikaner to plunder, brutalize, rape and murder the English South Africans now did it? There is no excuse for the state of barbarity South Africa has fallen into.

      anwar.rassool - 2012-09-24 09:31

      @ Abner .. we understand there is a huge gap between rich and poor. but that does not give any person to take the life of another. Also there are countries where the poverty is vast but people don't go around stealing and killing. They have what we call common sense. The problem is not Apartheid anymore. I see the problem as a lack of education..If people educate themselves , they can change the situation of their future generations. This problem of ongoing violence can be attributed directly to the current government and its lack of interest in serving the people. If they dont improve and enforce education as an alternative.ignorant people will continue in their ways of robbing and murder to survive.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-24 14:38

      He fought to the end RIP

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-24 20:45

      Julle wit ouens moet begin saamstaan en skiet die baarbaarse veilgoed moertoe.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-09-23 14:45

    So tragic, how I 'Cry for my beloved country' too.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 16:38

      I just wrote a letter to my friends in SA en said exactly the same thing to them. My heart cries for our country.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 19:11

      Phuti, I do not curse - but feel compelled to do so......screw you and your racist comments!!! Why why why??????

      JohnRambo1723 - 2012-09-24 11:14

      Yup - he was a legend -

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-23 14:48

    SAVAGES!Sorry no other way to describe the people who randomly go about killing innocent people.

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 14:57

      Totally agree wit u there, mxm barbarians

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 14:57

      Totally agree wit u there, mxm barbarians

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 14:57

      Totally agree wit u there, mxm barbarians

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 14:57

      Totally agree wit u there, mxm barbarians

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-24 20:47


  • dimitripappas - 2012-09-23 14:59

    Is there nothing we can all do to stop the violent crime in this country? These people have no regard for life, so why should they be allowed any space to live? They're just imminent threats and it's not worth the risk - someone's next, whether it's you or me...

      martiens.j.bekker - 2012-09-23 15:08

      Start with a new police force and the death penalty...

      martiens.j.bekker - 2012-09-23 15:08

      Start with a new police force and the death penalty...

      julie.khan3 - 2012-09-23 15:09

      Yes,We all are waiting in the queue.Dont know when it's our turn

      julie.khan3 - 2012-09-23 15:09

      Yes,We all are waiting in the queue.Dont know when it's our turn

      Eduannn - 2012-09-23 16:02

      Martiens - I have thought long and hard about all options and I only have one conclusion. RE-ARM the law abiding citizenry. Imagine every male in that restaurant over 21 had been armed. Maybe one more good man may have died. But I will bet you every single one of the criminals would be dead as well. That way another life that may have been lost in the future will already be spared. In fact I doubt any criminal would be so stupid as to even enter a restaurant knowing that they may be confronted with armed civilians.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-23 17:28

      @Claudia_Meads What the **** is wrong with you hey? At such a highly emotional time like this you choose to talk race k^k.This murderous situation we have in South Africa affects all skin colours not just the "white minority" group so what gives you the damn right to seperate us white people from blacks,coloureds and indians? This is not about ethnic cleansing of white people,but opportunistic barbaric thugs that have no respect and no common decency towards another human being's life. For once in your bloody comments can you just stop being such an insensitive b***h all the time and start to have fellow feeling towards all humans that suffer sadness in their lives like the Sanders family has. You couldn't even be bothered to offer any condolences towards the grieving family,just an IRA militant out cry from you.For ****sakes woman get real.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 17:28

      Sean, I have to agree with you. I have read various of Claudia's writings, and generally have a regard for what she has to say - but I am sorry that recently she is clouding the good with relatively racist writing. Claudia, you are clearly an intelligent lady - rather use that to show black people that not all white people are should be about the crime and the character and the fact, not about the black/white.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-09-23 18:41

      @ Eduannn: I have 16 cameras in my shop & every now & then an employee is caught stealing on camera. Their excuse?... "I forgot there was cameras" or my personal favorite "That is not me". Please, do not under estimate what depths stupidity can fall to on this continent.

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-23 18:51

      sean, I am keen to hear your solution. Note - ie solutions that will actually work - iow show tangible results. 1. Is this why people voted "yes" in 1992..? 2. Is this the kind of country that you want to leave for your children and theirs..? If you answered 'yes' to both the questions above, the you are right, I did overreacted. If not, well.., I rest my case... Btw - my notions are not solitary, it is shared by many, including the head of Genocide Watch.

  • audrey.potgieterthom - 2012-09-23 15:00

    Sh&t!!! Sooooo sad, sad, sad....RIP, Corrie! We will remember.......

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 15:01

    And they publish crime stats showing a slight decrease, those r just reported cases, those stats don't account for the hundreds and thousands of unreported crimes mxm, how many more ppl need to die for the president to take action!!!!

      ian.d.samson - 2012-09-23 15:28

      Andy, those "stats" are 18 months old.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-09-23 15:30

      Andi, those stats are all thumbsuck !!The anc have no idea !!

      andy.zondi - 2012-09-23 15:35

      I've neva relied on these crime stats anyway, the truth is nobody really knws how bad crime is, its bloody frustrating

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-23 15:51

      Oue president is barely intelligent enough to take a dump once a day. He is incapable of taking action due to having the intellectual capacity of a 5 year old.

  • paul.mukabi - 2012-09-23 15:01

    15000 pple die in a year in s africa...r we in a freaking civil war??!!!

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-23 15:47

      Yes we are. We need to fight back. We can't leave it to the the ANC government, they are the biggest criminals of all.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-23 16:00

      We are in serious trouble. 42.73 people are murdered per day (2 of them children) This means that just for yesterday there are another 41 families grieving today because their loved ones died senselessly. Today another 42 families will hear the bad news and tomorrow and...

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-23 18:27

      The ANC are so consumed by their own greed (& trying to keep their cadres out of jail for blatant corruption) that they simply couldn't care less how many people are murdered. Wake up South Africa, you get exactly what you vote for.

  • shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-23 15:01

    Senseless killing, you Bastards.

  • Eduannn - 2012-09-23 15:02

    Like in the old 'Wild West' movies - all restaurants and Bars will soon carry a fully loaded shotgun behind the bar. I have already seen it at KZN Southcoast in a Superette at the petrol station where fully armed security (with shotgun) patrols the inside of the shop - I was shocked at first when I saw it. But, it will become the norm and rightly so. What a joke this country has become.

  • shaun.govender.334 - 2012-09-23 15:04

    Indeed so tragic, Condolences to the family, Its sad when these events are an accepted norm in our society

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-09-23 15:04

    So sad!! Heard this on 702.Hardly had time to digest this news, when news came that our local Imam at the mosque in Lenasia(has 4 children)who with their mother witnessed how brutally ,robbers stabbed their father repeatedly to death.Barbaric!! 4 young children without a father

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-23 16:40

      It is tragic Julie. What is more tragic is that somebody is giving you the thumbs down. What on earth are we to say about our society. Does not matter what religion we are - we need to get back on our knees!!

  • davidhein.schermers - 2012-09-23 15:07

    RIP Corrie Sanders No greater love than protecting your daughter from savage, brutal killers - may they rot in the depths of hell as any killer and violence inciter should.

  • Forest Gump - 2012-09-23 15:21

    #hero #legend #wakeupzuma #sadnews

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-23 15:22

    Eish Yaa neHh crimnals R everywe in this country ,Hope the Police catch this bustards

      shandukane.moshatana - 2012-09-23 16:39

      Am not racist but I think the fact that our black government failed to manage our borders is the reason to these deaths that we are will we know who is killing who if we have people living in our country without permission..

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-09-23 15:27

    Yes, condolences to the family & friends, but a wicked indictment against the SAPS, the Government, LAW-enforcement, etc. The security of SA's people is paramount, and those thugs are nothing more than terrorists.

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-09-23 15:48

    Sanders is a hero even during apartheid, May his soul rest in peace, South Africa loves you

  • bob.jaan.9 - 2012-09-23 15:49¬if_t=like&theater

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-23 16:09

    By a stretch of the imagination one can concede that stealing is the only way to survive for some, but this senseless violence, innocent unarmed people minding their own business getting killed and harmed, I am sorry this amounts to hate crime or genocide. For how long are the our government going to hide behind the theft. The theft is a by product of the real driver behind this violence, rasism and hate.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-09-23 16:40

      @juan: Exactly, with further reference to the 83 year old woman brutally gang-raped after telling the burglars that she did not keep cash in her house.

  • maxrainer - 2012-09-23 16:11

    Acted as a father should...

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-09-23 16:11

    RIP CS....

  • muruti.malungana - 2012-09-23 16:17

    I wonder whatz happening in britz..thugs kills lot of ppl. Why do u have to kill some1 after robbing him. I dnt want to sound racists bt most of these thugs in SA are blacks from townships. I,m nt sure who killed corrie bt many thugs FUEL hatered btwn black

  • muruti.malungana - 2012-09-23 16:18

    I wonder whatz happening in britz..thugs kills lot of ppl. Why do u have to kill some1 after robbing him. I dnt want to sound racists bt most of these thugs in SA are blacks from townships. I,m nt sure who killed corrie bt many thugs FUEL hatered btwn black

      shandukane.moshatana - 2012-09-23 16:35

      am black and I truly agree with you.we live like animals.instead of been afraid of animals and beasts,we are afraid of each what a society of morons..

  • danie.duvenage.3 - 2012-09-23 16:31

    This is not a racial issue and I wish people would not make it one. The issue is crime and crime fighting is the responsibility of the state. Policing, an effective court system, efficient prisons (which are not manipulated by the ruling party), and efficient education can address this. Corrie was also reported to be sent from hospital to hospital, yet our country has free medical assistance: where was it for Corrie? In my mind the ruling party has become too powerful; this brought complacency with the politicians focusing on maintaining political alliances rather than doing their jobs. Either we need a strong opposition, or the political system needs to change; democracy is failing us, and anything other than a democracy starts looking increasingly viable...

      JaredVN - 2012-09-23 17:12

      "Not a racial issue?????????" Excuse me, but the killers were BLACK and the victim WHITE. COME F..CKING ON!!!!!!!

      brett.michielin - 2012-09-23 18:29

      Don't bring up race. Respect the fact we lost an icon in SA sport. On both sides black and white the only time this country will change is if we are all positive. I have lived all over the world and there is few places as great as SA. RIP Corrie and all respects to your family.

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-09-23 16:31

    God will take care of the situation and hope he punishes those responsible for the act of the devil.

  • evanluxzenburg - 2012-09-23 17:50

    A shame such a national hero is downed by ruthless criminals. A sad day for his family and for Suid Afrika...

  • evanluxzenburg - 2012-09-23 17:50

    A shame such a national hero is downed by ruthless criminals. A sad day for his family and for Suid Afrika...

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-23 17:53

    Sorry Sanders.i always supported you.Definitely not the way for a Fighter to die.RIP.

  • anton.coetzee.5 - 2012-09-23 17:58

    RIP my mam!!!

  • howard.komati - 2012-09-23 18:03

    May his soul rest in peace its never good to learn tht someone has passed regardless of race. i was young whn he was a boxer bt i knw he was one hell of a fighter pity the justice systems in our country favours the rich

  • hjvanrensburg - 2012-09-23 18:16

    I don't understand why the citizens of SA are not standing up to this pathetic ANC government!!! For God's sake people wake up!! How much more does our people have to go through with rape, crime, murder on a daily basis. This government needs to fall NOW!!!!

  • drishworth - 2012-09-23 18:28

    How tragic - well done the ANC Government! - your ineptitude, inefficiency, stupidity, need I go on, is responsible for the lawlessness in this country. The blood of thousands of murdered citizens is on your hands. Many innocent unknowns have been murdered in this country but countless celebrities have as well........ how do you go on denying what is going on? You disgust me - a supposedly democratic country that has a 'kill' rate that is what one would expect from a country at war. RIP Corrie............ and the dozens of others that will be murdered this week end.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-23 18:44

    What a loss, what a disgrace. I am speechless at the emarrassment this country has become.

  • adrian.vanstraaten.9 - 2012-09-23 19:10

    @abner so so very typical!!!! This is not crime,,, this is blatant murder! Got nothing to do with being poor or rich. Just look at the level of coruption in the goverment. Animals is what does things like this,, NOT HERO'S ABNER!!! So what you are saying is that the murderes are hero's and everybody else is a racist? What is that telling us about you?

  • gwvickers - 2012-09-23 19:40

    RIP my man, sorry you had to go out in this way, a true legend, condolences to the family

  • motleleng - 2012-09-23 19:42

    Death penalty must come back that's all I can say. My condolences to the Sanders.

  • jon.schorle - 2012-09-23 19:54

    Wow, what a tragedy! I only met him twice but what a gentle giant of a man he was. I've been asked many times who was the hardest hitter I've ever been in the ring with and my answer is always Corrie Sanders. His straight left hand was just incredible. I always wanted to see him again to tell him what pleasure it was to be in the same ring with such a proud warrior, never got the chance. I did tell his corner man that right after his fight with Vitally. This is really very sad. I just hope that in time his daughter will know her that dad was a great man who was admired by many people around the world. Gods speed Mr. Sanders. Referee, Jon Schorle

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-09-23 19:59

    To the Saunders family my heart felt condolences and so to the 83 old lady that was raped by her 36 old grand child and the 92 old great grand mum that was raped by her 14 old tik addicted great grand child and the young husband that services a 15 year jail sentence that. Killed 4 gangsters that brutalized his wife and robbed her of the only money the family had. To may \comrades\ in parliment u have death on your hand and disgraced and shame our very liberation u professed to serve. U exploited and undermined the Trust that our People placed in u. The protection and Safety of our People is a fundamental cornerstone of Freedom u are Traitors of our of the Freedom. Sign. DR

  • deja.skenka - 2012-09-23 20:01

    I was once an amateur boxer and to lose Corrie Sanders in this callous manner is heartbreaking. I followed his career and was never more proud than when he won the WBO belt. We cannot live in fear of criminals. It is wrong and it is immoral. Lucky Dube was also taken from us simply bcos sum1 has an illegal gun and can shoot 2 kill at anyone.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-23 20:07

      Strength to you and the boxing community as well.

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-09-23 20:08

    To my white br/sis I see u pain but let not get racist about this most of u never lived on the Vlakte dogging bullets on our way home from and to work or u or your children held at gun point your girl and knife point and know one blink and eye so common it is. However we found away be strong Judgment will prevail. 2014 is Coming

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-09-23 20:26

    Their savagery knows no bounds...only in Africa...and they call it Afropessism...they are a very sick doubt the white man's fault...

      dean.ramjoomia - 2012-09-23 20:39

      We all angry particular if its someone that contributed to the country however \bro\ keep it easy u don't want me to forward u detail current evils in europe let alone the historic evil of whites against there own and black or in NZ or australia not 2 talk about india and north america committed my white.

  • Johnson - 2012-09-23 20:41

    RIP Corrie, Murder in South Africa is currently the highest in the world - may other countries learn from our experience and never follow in our foot paths - rainbow nation with all races living in harmony is a Hollywood story rather than a reality.

  • lee.parker.39142072 - 2012-09-23 20:44

    Killing, stealing, looting, corruption, illegal striking are all the heritage of South Africa but the media wants to call Herirtage day 24 Sep National Braai day. Every day in SA is National Crime day celebrated in style.

  • syd.harling - 2012-09-23 20:54

    abner.malema you don't know what you are talking about. I think you will find that the gap between rich and poor in India is just as bad as SA if not worse. People in India live in holes in the ground but at least here they are allowed to build shacks on other people's land and still get given water and steal electricity. Poverty might cause people to turn to crime but there is no excuse for killing in the process. Black, white, brown or green, no one deserves to be shot down in cold blood like that. If the poor people would stop demanding things for nothing and try working maybe they wouldn't always be poor.............

  • MrsCharmeonCarneson - 2012-09-23 22:22

    I am horrified and disgusted that such a random act of violence has taken not only an icon in the Boxing world from us, but a kind and sensitive man. Corrie participated in a golfing fund raiser for my grandson age 3 years who has battled cancer from the age of 5 months. This wonderful gentleman has my inner most respect and he will be sorely missed. Praying for peace for his family.

  • markvonbentheim - 2012-09-23 23:34

    There is a complete disregard for life in our country and a disregard for what others have. The blame lies at the feet of our current government plain and simple. Margaret Thatcher was correct, they would be unable to govern. There are no human rights for law abiding citizens. It is time some laws were reintroduced and the human rights of thugs and murders be taken away.

  • jakes.oosthuizen.5 - 2012-09-24 02:04

    Corrie, we will love you forever, your courage will stay in our hearts for as long as God grants us to be on this earth. Just a pity you cannot be here for the fight that is about to begin, sorry, the fight that is in progress. The new struggle??

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-24 04:54

    Hang the barbarians !

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-24 04:54

    Hang the barbarians !

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-24 04:54

    Hang the barbarians !

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-24 04:54

    Hang the barbarians !