Manhunt for Corrie Sanders' killers

2012-09-23 22:03

Pretoria - The police are working round the clock to arrest the killers of ex-heavyweight boxer Corrie Sanders, who was shot dead during a robbery at a birthday party in Brits, spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said on Sunday night.

The 46-year-old Sanders, who was shot in the stomach during a robbery on Saturday evening, died in the Kalafong Hospital on Sunday morning after undergoing emergency surgery.

Ngubane said there had been no arrests yet.

Sanders was the only one hit during the random shooting.

"Corrie didn't try anything heroic, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Sowetanlive reported a witness as telling sports journalist Neal Collins.

"There were 48 people at the restaurant, it’s just off the main road. We arrived at around 16:00 on Saturday. At about 18:00, as it was getting dark, Mike [Corrie's brother] gave a speech. Then the grandfather stood up and offered a prayer.

"That’s when we heard three or four shots. At first we thought it was the kids playing around. Then we realised it was serious.

"There were three of them. Armed with pistols. They were telling everyone to lie down and give them their wallets and cellphones. They didn’t take much.


They were working their way through the room when a car alarm went off outside and they panicked and ran.

"Corrie was the only one shot.

"He didn’t try anything heroic as far as I could see. He was just in the wrong place, by the entrance. They shot him through the stomach and I also saw a wound in his arm, it might have been from the same bullet, which went right through him.

"I think they shot him as a lesson to the rest of us, to say they were serious."

Children's hero

Corrie's ex-wife, Sunette told EWN that Corrie had been a great father and a hero in his children's eyes.

"He encouraged his children. He didn't always expect them to win, and even if they lost, he was always there to encourage them to do better."

When the boxing website recalled Sanders' career, he was asked to describe his feeling of becoming champion of the world.

Sanders replied: "It's the third best thing that happened to me in my life. The first and the second greatest things are my daughter and my son."

Corrie's long-standing friend, Kallie Knoetze, said he was sure the attackers would be arrested soon.

The news of Sanders' death made headlines worldwide, while sports stars tweeted their grief.


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.



  • veldt66 - 2012-09-23 22:14

    Very very sad for this guy s family....On his daughter's 21st how cruel where these savages..Very.

  • lownabester - 2012-09-23 22:21

    Lets just hope they solve it quick.

  • basil.jacobs1 - 2012-09-23 22:37

    I think this was a terrible act of murder, showing the world how low human life is regarded in South Africa. The fact of the matter is it happens many times a day in Sunny South Africa and unfortunately only make news headlines around the world when a celeb is involved. Condolences to the family. Corrie RIP.

  • Zahir - 2012-09-23 23:08

    This killing is not random acts of crime it is directed at minorities the whites, indians the govt can't and won't protect us

      beki.khumalo - 2012-09-24 08:45


  • chabi.sesoko - 2012-09-23 23:39

    Sincere Condolences to his family & to the Grieving Country for its late Champion, South Africa has losts one of its great represantatives in Sports... CRIME knows no colour & Thanks to Kallie's optimistic comments, you too are a Champion buddy... I hope the SAPS deliver on this promise before anymore illogical comments are pasted on this pages...

  • carl.spencer.505 - 2012-09-24 00:15

    a real shame because the guy gave so much to boxing and he deserved to enjoy life with his Family and Friends.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-09-24 23:07

      Truth be told, Sanders was a bum who happened to stun an underprepared and arrogant champion. He did well, yes. Now, does this mean that the rest of your statement is false? Of course, not. Sanders deserved to enjoy life with his family simply because he is human like the rest of us. We all deserve to enjoy life with our families. Our contribution to the sport of boxing (or lack thereof): completely irrelevant. RIP

      ed.miller.560272 - 2012-11-11 09:06

      To Salee Sithwell, I just watched some of Sander's fights again and at age 65 and someone who has followed boxing here in the U.S. almost my whole life I say he was no "bum" He was unusually quick with excellent hand-eye coordination and ring skills. He was also, from what I read, very humble and thoughtful of others.

  • sibusiso.s.ndaba - 2012-09-24 03:25

    What is our gvt doin' about these crimes we see every day,add more police in all malls

  • mbusi.t.nzimande - 2012-09-24 05:26

    This is complete Anarchy at this point,and its puzzling how many of these articles end with \no arrests have been made\

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-24 05:47

    When catching those bastardos what about a nicely arranged kangoroo court, do a sentencing 2 minutes and hang them gently in the first tree.

  • myfriendshane - 2012-09-24 06:07


      terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-24 11:27

      Class no I don't think they have any only stories of Malema interest them anyway!!!

  • johan.steyn.127 - 2012-09-24 07:23

    Police are working arround the clock just to catch them and then the justice system will set them free to murder and rape again. Hand them over to the public why don't the country march and toi toi and demand the death penalty back, if I catch them I will be judge, jury and executioner and save the tax payers a lot of money in the process.

  • Erna - 2012-09-24 10:41

    Even if they catch them there are hundreds of thousands more to take their place!

  • drishworth - 2012-09-24 12:36

    OK, so there is manhunt on for the killers - if caught, will it bring Corrie back? The Government should be expending it's energy on addressing this murder crisis in an endeavour to stopping the killing so that killer manhunts become unnecessary. I put the blame at the feet of this ANC Government for allowing this crime wave to reach the proportions that it has. Do as Corrie did, he lay over his daughter to protect her, you as a Government have a duty to protect your people but instead live lives of self satisfaction leaving your people exposed. You are disgusting.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-09-24 16:27

    ...this article reminds me of a similar article printed last year. It basically said that the Police were working round the Clock to find Solly Tyibilika's killers. As predicted, no one's been arrested for that crime. The same will apply here, sadly.

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