Shock at boxing champ's death

2012-09-23 10:54

Pretoria - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders died in Kalafong Hospital on Sunday after being shot in a restaurant in Brits, North West police said.

The boxer was celebrating the birthday of his daughter when three armed men arrived in the restaurant and shot randomly on Saturday night, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

Sanders, 46, was shot in the hand and stomach.

Ngubane said it appeared that gunmen went to the restaurant with the aim to rob it.

"They shot randomly and took a cellphone of the daughter who was turning 21 years and they also took a bag of another patron in the premises," he said.

Thatch Haven Restaurant owner Johan de Jager told Eyewitness News that a group of men stormed into the restaurant and opened fire.

“Three guys came inside and just started shooting. During the shooting, they shot Corrie.”

Harold Volbrecht, who used to train Sanders was shocked at the news.

“It’s very sad. My heart is broken. It’s just terrible. I can’t believe it happened,” said an emotional Volbrecht.

No arrests have been made but police were investigating a murder case.

  • michelle.blackie - 2012-09-23 11:02

    RIP Corrie. Another crime statistic to the world - but a huge loss to your family, friends and the boxing world. Wishing your famly strength during this difficult time.

      slick.hounder - 2012-09-23 11:37

      and Nathi and Jeff will say hand in your firearms and other defensive weapons. Well to Nathi and Jeff. You welcome to try take mine away!!! Rip Corrie. Your final round has been fought and you will always be a remembered as the WINNER. On your journey to the great unknown.Carry with you the knowledge the fight for JUSTICE will be accomplished, not that it will ever return you to us all, good buddy. Thank you for the memories, thank you for your friendship in and outside of boxing for many years. Sincere Condolences to your family.

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-23 11:55

      Unite organise and fight, (he rest of the world doesn't care for the plight of the white man in SA. Only we can end this savage onslaught. We are on our own.

      lsfreak - 2012-09-23 11:59

      @michelle... Don't you mean another crime stat to go missing, anyone that believes last week stat's is either a government offical of an uneducated ppl. Come on ppl open your eyes not even the animals are safe here :/

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-23 12:06

      Feel safe South Africa, feel safe.. Safe that you will probably not die of old age, saving your family a lot of money. The murder rate declined from 43.23 to the wonderful figure of 42.73 per DAY. The minister would like you to sing his praises and relax. Well done ANC - remind us again why you all need bodyguards...

      logical.thinker.90 - 2012-09-23 12:20

      What's shocking about this? SA has the highest murder rate globally and every SA Citizen is at risk of a violent crime on a daily basis. if you live in a country like this you have to learn to expect tragedy. Anyone of us could be next and the likelihood that we will be is higher than average. My advice - leave this sh**hole and live somewhere else (like a 1st world western country) - 2012-09-23 12:53

      Nothing has changed in 400 years, still savage, still murderous, still self-destructive - time for people to turn from their evil ways.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-23 11:02

    This won't stop as long as the ANC rules the country. Bring back the death penalty!

      magoro.mags - 2012-09-23 11:09

      If only u can alow da Sanders family to mourn without making ur political point 2 b seen..Time of death is only 4 level-headed people...RIP Corrie

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-23 12:22

      @ Magoro. When a government takes power, they enter into a contract with the people. They say: "Pay us taxes, and we will use the money to provide for basic needs - hospitals, schools and security. From where I am sitting, the government is in breach of that contract, as they provide none of that. Where is the quality of life promised to the good people of South Africa? Do you feel safe at any time during the day? The victims of this crime did what normal people should do safely, they celebrated a birthday with family and friends. It is really sad that even something as simple as that could lead to such great tragedy. Yes I fully blame the government. They take and take and give nothing but empty promises and phony statistics, and then they expect the people to be happy.

      nkosinathi.maseko.39 - 2012-09-24 10:43

      Death penalty because an Afrikaaner is killed? Why not shout at the top of your voices when an African is murdered? If people are not happy about the status quo, they must just leave this country, once and for all.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-24 11:03

      Nkosinathi, wow, I am actually in shock!! This outrage has f-all to do with the fact that he was an Afrikaaner male, it has to do with the fact that he was a boxing legend and a well known sport celebrity. YOU ARE A COMPLETE TOOL, I do not have words to describe the disgust I feel right now. "If people are not happy about the status quo" they must leave? You like the status quo of murder and rape? Whether it be white or black or coloured or indian, none of us are immune to it. STOP EFFING MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT RACE!!! I am SO sick of people turning everything into racial issues, even sinking to the utter depths of disgust by turning a murder on an innocent HUMAN BEING into a reason to be a complete racist retard and turning it into a racial issue. YOU DISGUST ME!!!!

  • jco.vanrooyen - 2012-09-23 11:03

    Aan Corrie se familie, ons innige meegevoel. Dit is met hartseer en skok dat ek dit hier in NZ lees. Ek hoop hul vang hierdie boewe vinnig. Rus in vrede ou grote! Ons harte gaan uit na almal wat geliefdes verloor in SA.

  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-09-23 11:06

    No arrests have been made but the police were investigating a murder case?

  • africanhero - 2012-09-23 11:07

    South Africa, South Africa, what is wrong with you? What has happened to the traditional morals tought by our ancestors? The moral fiber of my fellow africans is eroding!

      craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-09-23 11:21

      I wish there were more people like you. You should be in politics.

      Sharon - 2012-09-23 11:44

      Thank you for being the decent, compassionate Black African that I wish all South Africans would be.

      donald.perumal - 2012-09-23 12:07

      Hi African Hero The moral fibre has been distroyed by our greedy comrades who continue to use the "Poors" to line their pockets.They get into positions of power and refuse to deliver to the masses what was promised by Madiba.The "Poors" protect the criminals who support them. The Police us ethe criminals to further their ends mostly benefitting from crime.Simples!

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-09-23 11:13

    RIP... 46 Years old and now in GODS HANDS...What A nice Country we live in...Praying for the family... Very SAD NEWS..

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-09-23 11:14

    We will battle to re-establish a cohesive police force after the racist ANC government is voted out of power. The one lesson, age old at that, that they fail to learn is that appointments made on skin colour has always meant that failure to produce is going to be the outcome. How will they say sorry to the parents of the children who their police will kill because they are involved in a crime?

  • neil.thomas.319452 - 2012-09-23 11:15

    This is super sad. Just last week Darren Scott was taking the piss on a radio show telling him cant even hit a golfball anymore and trying to set up a fight between him and Fransie Botha. How cheap life has become in SA. RIP big man.

  • bryn.barker - 2012-09-23 11:18

    So his daughter saw her father shot in front of her for no reason and on her 21st birthday. And the chance of his killers receiving justice is non existent, because even in the unlikely event that they are arrested, they still won't get what's coming to them. There is a lot I like about living in South Africa, but I'm just about dead set on emigrating to somewhere like Canada, if only to significantly increase the safety of my family.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-23 11:20

    corrie my hero i am so sorry for what happend to you

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-23 11:27

    shocking, sad. Why!!!. a Life has become worthless in SA. My heart goes out to his family and friends, he always looked like a very nice and decent guy.

  • ilze.moreira - 2012-09-23 11:33

    we all have dreams to see our kids marry and have kids of their own, it's all ripped away in seconds, we work hard for what we want to achieve, and people walk in and just "claim" it, the big wheel turns, slowly but surely, may Corrie's family find rest and peace in the loving embrace of God.

  • slick.hounder - 2012-09-23 11:35

    and Nathi and Jeff will say hand in your firearms and other defensive weapons. Well to Nathi and Jeff. You welcome to try take mine away!!! Rip Corrie. Your final round has been fought and you will always be a remembered as the WINNER. On your journey to the great unknown.Carry with you the knowledge the fight for JUSTICE will be accomplished, not that it will ever return you to us all, good buddy. Thank you for the memories, thank you for your friendship in and outside of boxing for many years. Sincere Condolences to your family.

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-09-23 11:35

    RIP Corrie and condolences to the family. This proves once again the poor grip on crime this anc filth has. Bastards.

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-09-23 11:36

    Guerrilla warfare: Once again and again and again again again again again again!!!! Will anyone listen???? Who will it be tomorrow...YOU? Look over your should dear SOUTH AFRICANS!!!!!!!

  • peter.wigzell.9 - 2012-09-23 11:38

    Gonna miss Corrie

  • andrew.haley.148 - 2012-09-23 11:46

    No arrests have been made but police were investigating a murder case......the South african police farce couldn't catch a cold...No justice in this sad excuse for a nation.People kill but its okay,they'll be out in a few years.What an absolute shame.RIP Corrie!

  • lebo.bucibo - 2012-09-23 11:50

    Big loss of a great champion. Will always be your fan.

  • nsilongo - 2012-09-23 11:52

    The government is busy chasing Malema with all its resources.

  • kennedy.mangunda.1 - 2012-09-23 11:52

    God must intervene

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-09-23 14:31

      You're kidding? Which God allowed this tragedy to happen? Praying to an invisible person for intervention is not only handing over your personal power but passing on responsibility and accountability.

  • warren.haskins.14 - 2012-09-23 11:52

    This is really a lovely advert for our country.Corrie you were a great boxer and may you rest in peace.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-09-23 11:55

    South Africans lose their lives than in a battlefield. Violence crime is ripping SA apart. My condlences to Sanders family.

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-23 11:56

    i tink we al shud just leav this country and let it b.. I dnt knw who they gna rob rape and murder then.. Surely each other and that wud b a gud riddance!!

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-23 12:37

      namba i read my coment and the replies ova nd ova agen.. Ther was no mention of a blak or a white.

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-23 12:41

      khethu i fully agree coz i myslf cant aford it 2 jus leav.. Bt we mus make a plan asap 2 get outa here.. And its going 2 hav 2 dne 2getha

  • timothyperera - 2012-09-23 11:58

    what can the law do in order to prevent these senseless acts of brutality? Very sad

  • tendayi.biti - 2012-09-23 12:05

    What I do not seem to understand why cant the SA government ban gun. WHY WHY WHY

      lekker.wally - 2012-09-23 12:12

      Only the law abiding citizens will then be disarmed, the criminals don't buy guns, they steal them, or bring them in from other countries. Banning guns will put the public at a bigger disadvantage and make them an easier target. If farmers are disarmed they will be massacred.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-09-23 12:50

      Jys dom meneer

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-09-23 14:03

      not the sharpest tool in the shed now are u

  • jeevadotnet - 2012-09-23 12:19

    Saddest of it all is, he wouldn't be there the day his daughter gets married.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-23 16:15

      You could not wish that even to your worst enemy. I for one I'm a father to one and only 16 year daughter whom I wish to hold her hand and give her to her future husband. How said it could have been to witness that wonderful moment just because of the scum bags. How said it is, RIP champ you will be sadly missed!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-23 16:29

      You could not wish that even to your worst enemy. I for one I'm a father to one and only 16 year daughter whom I wish to hold her hand and give her to her future husband. How said it could have been to witness that wonderful moment just because of the scum bags. How said it is, RIP champ you will be sadly missed!

  • donald.perumal - 2012-09-23 12:26

    Hi All I sit here flabbergasted! Another senseless murder:another innocent man killed,for what? a mobile phone and a bag! Un frickin believeable!! In the name and memory of Corrie Sanders I want to present to you an opportunity to change the direction SA is taking ; I give you ASAP ,ALL SOUTH AFRICA PARTY( Not registerd). A Party which will be built by SAns for SAns. If you are interested ,please e mail and say why this Party can be a vehicle for change.

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-09-23 12:32

    Oh, let's not worry... Surely there is no cause for concern? Crime is down... Our brain dead idiot police minister says so! RIP Corrie Sanders. Condolences to his family. Sad day for South African sport.

  • nino.diana.12 - 2012-09-23 12:38

    Crazy crazy crazy .... These guys hit soft targets like a 21st birthday party where it's just so easy to gain entry and the end result is a tragic death of a champion .... RIP Corrie and my condolences to the family ...

  • clivegoss - 2012-09-23 12:38

    R I P Prayers for the living. Noose for the perpretators (read murderers)

  • SALife - 2012-09-23 12:43

    Very Sad. A great athlete and a great representative of this country.

  • dick.etheridge - 2012-09-23 12:47

    RIP Corrie. Another tragic crime statistic. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. May the perpetrators be swiftly removed from society.

  • deanstew1 - 2012-09-23 12:48

    Truly sad news RIP Corrie Sanders.

  • deanstew1 - 2012-09-23 12:51

    Truly sad news RIP Corrie Sanders.

  • manjay.gates - 2012-09-23 12:53

    Since we are not well protected; can we have proper justice... bring back the #Death_Penalty!

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-09-23 12:55

    RIP CHAMP. The bible usually says if its your day then its your day.. If God decides to take you he will as he is thhe only one who knows when we will pass away. If God loves us and cares about us, why does he take us in this brutal manner? Or is he brutal???

      annatjie.durant - 2012-09-23 13:12

      God is a loving God,since the government took out all the commands of God from our society,things are going terribly wrong! The bible says that the thief came to rob,steal and kill! Do not fear tbose who can do you bodily harm,fear Him who will secure your soul! The Bible says,though shall not kill,but what happens every day? Corrie died at the hand of a robber,God allowed it for His purpose! We do not have the answer,but please do not blame God ,blame the lawless government

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-23 13:25

      Goodguy God is a God of love don't you ever stop belive in that. Somtimes the reason why it happen in such brutal way is not clear but God do have plan with it. We must just start looking for what He want us to do.

      Notrax123 - 2012-09-23 14:33

      I believe that just as God is a God of love, so is he a vengeafull God. No one will escape his vengeance, his chosen people were made to wander in the desert for 40 years, until the entire generation that had angered him had died, then only were the Godly led to the promised land. - 2012-09-24 07:58

      There is no such thing as GOD... wake up and smell the roses...RIP Corrie, you will always be the champ in the eyes of many..

  • mzansi.afrika - 2012-09-23 12:57

    So, which part of SA was the sampling (statics)done to conclude that crime is coming down. Everyday experiences and encounters with "REAL" CRIME disagrees with Nyathi's statistics.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-23 13:06

    Arm yourselves people! Soft ass govt can't control crime, we need to protect ourselves.

  • tshepiso.mooketsi.7 - 2012-09-23 13:07

    what the loss,he was a legend,may his soul rest in peace

  • FinalJustice - 2012-09-23 13:11

    Kill, murder, rape, steal. Living the African Dream. These people have 1 motto in common: If it ain't broken, break it!

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-09-23 13:11

    Cowards come in groups at night and armed. If they were to take him on bare handed, he would have kicked their pathetic @sses. May God give comfort to the family and friends who lost a SA champion.

  • abel.holtzhausen - 2012-09-23 13:18

    Hartseer, baie hartseer om te verneem...

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-23 13:22

    Hang those who killed him.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-23 13:22

    Bring back the death penalty....

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-09-23 13:31

    Members of the public can scream, shout and do whatever they want...the cANCer government will not bring back the death penalty because a lot of their own buddies would be swinging....i will not be surprised if sometime soon, some bloke takes a rifle and just starts shooting randomly....rape, murder, the ones telling us crime is down all have body guards to protect themselves....Condolences to the family..RIP

  • bob.jaan.9 - 2012-09-23 13:31

    RIP Sniper En baie dankie Zuma/Mathetwa en die res van die clowns wat elke dag al hoe meer beheer verloor van hierdie pragtige land van ons.

  • GalacticThomas - 2012-09-23 13:31

    Whoever ordered that hit is a cold hearted person, such ppl do deserve the Death Penalty

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-23 14:47

    I think its high time that those authorities of law and order change their gear in their approach. If the death of such a person of Corrie's calibre doesn't impact on them then So Help us O Great One! Violent crime in SA is rife and they must use their approach like in the Derwani case. They must just apply certain things just for the sake of International Relations like that case during the Soccer World Cup which was concluded in 3days time.

  • delene.tammadge - 2012-09-23 15:08

    I live on a game farm 20km from Brits and it is so sad to read about farm murders and killings around us surely the Goverment can help us to stop the crime if they can be more harsh on crime . My heart is bleeding for Corri family

  • reg.nagel - 2012-09-23 15:17