Hundreds gather for Sanders funeral

2012-10-01 14:12

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.

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-10-01 14:31

    Rip Corrie. Only lost 4 fights, and one of only 3 men who could beat Wladimere. A true legend, who was taken away too early, but died the hero he lived as. Sad day indeed!

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-01 14:41

      well said, sad day indeed

      Willie - 2012-10-01 15:09

      Spot on, go well my man

      msendi - 2012-10-01 15:37

      One of the greatest South Africans… RIP

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 15:37


  • marc.rule - 2012-10-01 14:36

    What a good man he was. R.I.P

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-01 14:48

    journey well CORRIE pity no1 like u to put us on da map again

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-01 14:50

    I'm so angry...that these murderers are freely killing our beloved South African people.I am beginning to think that "an eye for an eye "rule should many more will be killed? Without a serious penalty being charged for these serious crimes...these gutless,spineless murderers will continue to rob and kill. Corrie, may your soul R.I.P and may your murder be avenged.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-01 14:52

    Sandra what about an eye for a combi.

  • dmkize - 2012-10-01 14:53

    Why news24 never mention they were Zimbambianz anyway i'm not Suprise.

      busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-01 15:11

      Crime is crime it does not matter who committed it. Rest in peace Sanders

  • dick.etheridge - 2012-10-01 14:55

    You may be gone from amounst us, but you will live on in the hearts of family, friends and fans forever.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-10-01 14:55

    RIP big man , Just another south african who pays the price while the anc fights over money

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-01 14:56

    R.I.P. So sad to lose a servant of sport in a bloody and brutal way like this. Thank you for your dedication and I hope in some way your family is able to find peace.

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-01 15:06

    Im sure there will a lot of sadness but also a lot of anger at the funeral. This pathetic Govt needs to take drastic measure to control criminal elements from countries up North RIP Corrie

  • dee.rutenbergrobin - 2012-10-01 15:10

    May the angels lead you in to heaven Corrie. RIP.

  • belinda.minchershaw - 2012-10-01 15:28

    What about Attempted murder!!!! So you can walk into a place randomly shooting and just get charged for robbery if you don't kill or injure someone? What the?

  • herman.mosima - 2012-10-01 15:46

    Why where they arrested, people who take life should not be spared theirs. They deserve the same fate.

  • paula.leroux1 - 2012-10-01 16:05


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  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-01 18:03

    How many of our Heroes and farmers are we going to allow to be slaughtered like this?

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-10-02 03:58

    RIP Corrie. As a Sportsman, you were a huge inspiration to many people, and as a person, you were loved by even more.

  • lynton.lewis - 2012-10-03 00:08

    Who are the stupid people giving \thumbs down\ to comments saying how we have lost a great man, you are seriously confused!!! RIP Corrie!!!

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