Tip-off led to arrests in Sanders case

2012-09-27 14:43

Johannesburg - North West police said on Thursday that a tip-off had led to the arrest of three men for the murder of former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders.

Police received a tip-off which led them to arrest two men in the Oukasie informal settlement, near Brits at around 10:00, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

While there, police recovered a cellular phone, vehicle key, purse and cash believed to have been stolen during the robbery in which Sanders was shot on Saturday.

"Police then went to a second address and a third suspect was arrested," Ngubane said.

A handbag, also thought to have been stolen in the robbery, was recovered.

He said the men would appear in Brits Magistrate's Court on Monday.

They were Zimbabweans: one aged 19 and the other two aged 20.


The provincial commissioner of the North West, Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo, congratulated the members of Brits detectives on a job done well. She also encouraged the community to assist the police by reporting any criminal activities.

Sanders was at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge in Brits on Saturday evening when armed robbers entered and began firing shots at random.

Sanders was hit in the hand and stomach and died in the Kalafong hospital on Sunday.

He 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.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-09-27 14:48

    well done to those who tipped off. please do not give these okes bail

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-27 14:55

      Mugabe smh

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-27 15:05

      Why have we just allowed this rubbish into our country??? Who is supposed to be responsible for controlling South Africa's borders?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-27 15:14

      Joke of the year: "The provincial commissioner of the North West, Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo, congratulated the members of Brits detectives on a job done well." For what? Answering the phone when the tip-off came in?

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-27 15:18

      Hang them up in public by their balls!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-27 16:34

      How much damage are the illegal (and not illegal) immegrants causing in our country - and how much racial conflict do the contribute to?

      laurence.bekink.3 - 2012-09-27 17:01

      Hang 'Em High

      mukosit - 2012-09-27 17:55

      Warning: NOT TO BE READ BY SENSITIVE READERS First it was Lucky Dube, then Eugène Terre'Blanche and now Corrie Sanders, all assassinated by "illegal foreigners" (people from other countries without documents).

      brandon.mccutcheon.56 - 2012-09-27 19:44

      All illegal immigrants must be deported. If it was not for a tip off they would not have been caught as they are not on our database and we have no access to their fingerprints. If the government does not do it, we should do it by force. I say this with respect to foreigners who are here legally.

  • Forest Gump - 2012-09-27 14:51

    this is trully awesome news.... As for these zimbabweans find them guilty then deport them sa prisons will be to good 4 them

      trevor.izatt - 2012-09-27 14:55

      In Zim they will be released as hero"s by BOB

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-09-27 15:00

      No, Leave them in prison else they will come back within a month of deportation and take another life.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-27 15:20

      I have a word I want to use when referring to these things, but I cant! Not here anyway!!!

      alf.pop - 2012-09-27 16:53

      As long as they fly back to Zim in a slightly defective drone or on a plane with just enough fuel to make it across the border, faulty landing gear and no parachutes! Emergency landing in the Kruger - take-aways for the predators!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 17:03

      You deport them in the morning, they will be here in the afternoon of the next day if they took time to greet their few friends, family and neighbours.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-27 14:53

    Africans like locusts they munched through zimbabwe now they here , I hope they know we border on water no more land to consume after they done with SA.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-27 15:21

      Well said manto!

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-09-27 14:59

    Thank you to the people who tipped off the police. Guys imagine how we can all change things if we all acted like this and stand together!

  • tsatsi.golden - 2012-09-27 15:01

    We gave the home. Food and freedom now they turn against our people.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-27 15:06

      These guys are not here legally and are taking our people's jobs!!!

      godknows.sabao - 2012-09-27 22:28

      yeah you right taking your peoples jobs, but homes nah there are no shanks or squatters or what ever you call them in Zim

  • king.koffi.9 - 2012-09-27 15:07

    bheki cele brought terror in the hearts of these cowards,now that he left,things like this spiral out of control,we need tough crime prevention methods like the ones used by AMABERET,may Corrie s soul rest in peace,the nation is really shattered.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-09-27 15:12

    Once u say a bad thing about a foreign national the Government says we r ful of Xenophobic Tectics.They should b allocated a Place wer 1st they wil b processed for qualifying for a refugee status,nd again those who hire illegal immigrant should b prosecuted.

      mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-27 15:23

      spot on boettie.....

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-27 15:12

    Probably used one of those guns the police \lost\.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 16:47

      Probably used one of those guns they brought to SA and used the hole in the fence to avoid detection.

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-09-27 15:13

    working together we can do more

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-09-27 15:14


      dennis.steggink - 2012-09-27 16:00

      For what? Answering the phone and take a drive?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 16:52

      Well done for good detective work which led to the whistle blower that led to arrest and recovery of the exhibits connecting the suspects with the crime.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-27 15:16

    I knew it.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-27 15:34


      taetjo.mathabatha - 2012-09-28 01:43

      He knew where they would be from... We not gonna say much not to look bad.

  • itumeleng.tshatiwa - 2012-09-27 15:18

    Good job by the north west police, such dangerous criminals aught to be locked up forever!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 16:41

      Unfortunately not in this country. The longest is around 10 years or less. With the clever lawyer who would advise them to negotiate an anomalous plea bargain they will be sentenced even to 8 years with 3 years suspended and expect some \good behaviour\ through there and Presidential pardon, only 3 years they will be out polluting the oxygen again. Pathetic vermin and oxygen thieves.

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-27 15:26

    throw them in crocodile river finish 'n klaar!!!!

  • ronelsonflower.koopman - 2012-09-27 15:28


      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 16:29

      I concur with you on that one, you know what qualifies as a good behaviour in our country? A scumbag clutching a bible every time he goes to court. Before he is convicted he cried crocodile tears and \apologise\ to the family for taking away the life of their member, and wish he could turn back the clock, something he knows he can't do. Then in prison he either join a church or form one and preach till the sky fall down. Participate in many projects in prison. Voila! The parole on good behaviour is guaranteed. They say he's rehabilitated, he goes out. 24 hours later he is back in prison for worst crime. You know what is worst here it is mentioned a million times in court during pre-sentencing that a scum is a first offender as if that will bring back the deceased. Justice the South African way.

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  • russell.l.tait - 2012-09-27 15:31

    A tip off is that.......................the tigers are coming.!

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-09-27 15:31

    My char lady's shack was ransacked last Monday in Masimaphulele. Guess who the culprits were?? Yep Foreigners otherwise known as Qwera Qwera's. Fortunately the local street committee went from shack to shack and recovered her goods. Who can blame us South Africans for resenting these criminals from coming across the borders and murdering and looting here in S.A. So much for giving them a new home. Ungrateful so and so's. Well done to the locals for looking out for their own. This lady is hopping mad I can tell you!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-27 15:31

    Convict them and send them back to Zim, they'll hang them there. Here's an idea, give all our murderers and rapists to Zim and they will hang them for us at a fee. Could work for both of us. We don't have to feed them for 25 years and Zim can get some money and fertilizer.

  • luthando.ncoyini - 2012-09-27 15:32

    I think it would be better is they can leave our country in peace before we decide to drag them out of our borders. These foreiners have shops almost everywhere in our country. Please this needs to be stopped.

  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-27 15:38

    send them back here (Zimbabwe) ,we still have the death sentence and we have a brand new hang man

      Wally Walters - 2012-09-27 15:47

      WE also but the death sentence but that is only if you are tried in a kangaroo court; Bring it on

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-27 17:22

      @Eugine-Good but not good enough.S.Africa must tighten border controls especially along the Limpopo river.There is no proper co-ordination between Zim and S.African police,you can bribe your way into S.A for less than R200.Criminals from both countries skip the border to the other country if it gets too hot on the other side.They must face the maximum penalty under Zim laws because if the S.A justice system deals with them they will be given the usual slap on the wrist and come out again causing mayem(Bongani Moyo case).S.A justice is too soft and cuddles criminals

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-27 15:39

    When will our people realise that Zim's have taken their job. AAction is for foreigners not South Africans. Nearly all jobs, TV, Radio, Roads Department, Restaurants,Mines,Drivers, need I go on. Our brother Robert is living like a king and we are supporting his people in all ways.

      thapelo.rametsi - 2012-09-27 15:51

      They have even invaded our universities!!!!!!!!!!

      kim.short.169 - 2012-09-28 11:35

      What about the Banking industry, full of Zimbabweians.

  • fran.aphane - 2012-09-27 15:48

    Eish when we talk against foreigners doing crimes in our country we are called xenophobic, now you see what continues to happen. Luck Dube was also killed by Mozambiquens? How many times should this happen before someone tells this useless people to go back to where they came from? Maybe they should hold Mr Zuma hostage first and he will start dealing with these matters decisively. It hurts really.

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-09-27 17:51

      @fran-your police are corrupt,your border control a joke ,your prisons comfortable and your justice system cuddles skelms(is that the correct word?).Too much freedom corrupts .I find it better to stay with Mugabe in Zimbabwe because even if I am unfortunate to be robbed the locally based criminals are highly unlikely to kill me because they know if they kill me they have a date with the hangman.By all means do whatever is necessary to any criminals you catch whatever their nationality.....And in other news-Zimbabwe arrests two popular strip tease dancers for public indecency

  • vdncube - 2012-09-27 16:02

    i'm a zimbabwean stayin in SA and whilst I am saddened by the comments by some about zimbabwe, i am even more saddened by the continued loss of life and callous nature of the likes of Bongani Moyo who r exporting crime here. let us out them, i hope the tip off came from a fellow zimbabwean. justifying xenophobia? @sanda.mnyazi those 67 people who were burnt n necklaced to death also hv famalies, i challange u to tk tht statement back

      Saul Shauleen Mukwewa - 2012-09-27 16:33

      @ Dube i second u, upto nw those thugs who killed pple were nt jailed,

  • Bingo - 2012-09-27 16:15

    Wow, my flabber is well and truly gasted. Something on News 24 that all South Africans seem to agree on. Tighter control of our borders and jobs should go to us locals first....

  • Mandla - 2012-09-27 16:17

    i still believe no SAn gangsta can any superstar its alwayz a ZIMs,MOZAMs,who is selling our childrens?who is forging our money? Who making fakes of everything a SAn citizen does and price it in zim dolar,meticais and nairas(sp) i think there must be some place for \SAns only\.

  • Mandla - 2012-09-27 16:22

    i still believe no SAn gangsta can any superstar its alwayz a ZIMs,MOZAMs,who is selling our childrens?who is forging our money? Who making fakes of everything a SAn citizen does and price it in zim dolar,meticais and nairas(sp) i think there must be some places for \SAns only\.or application that forbid any foreigner close to that plce.

  • Saul Shauleen Mukwewa - 2012-09-27 16:39

    @ Thapelo most South African hate school,and are very lazy hence there are so many Zimbos and other foreigners in most universities, wake up dude and smell the Coffee neh!

  • mbanjwam - 2012-09-27 16:46

    I'm glad the thugs have bwwn aprehended. God bless the citizens who tipped off the cops. RIP Champ, u will be missed

  • paganosza - 2012-09-27 16:46

    Hang the illegals!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-27 16:51

    Our constitution wth dpt of home affairs r 2 loose n failing some how by allowing foreighners who r not here as assylumseekers . Most off zimbabeans r not here for a good course they steal ,they r froudsters, they do all sorts of violent crimes but our country doesnt take a serious major step against this mangongongos . Sa is becoming a heaven of foreign criminalz with the zimbabeans on the forefront :::ONE:::

  • tlouesele.mogoshane - 2012-09-27 17:00

    Do we have to comment only after an immigrant kills a hero? What about ordinary citizens? The unknown? The voiceless? Who is allowing them to cross our borders(illegal nogal)? Who is harbouring them in backrooms? Who is selling them guns? Who is supporting their businesses? Not all foreigners are bad anyway. May your soul rest in peace Corrie.

  • andries.greeff.1 - 2012-09-27 17:15

    If only Corrie could meet them in the ring...

  • Collen Dube - 2012-09-27 17:45

    most of these comments are blatantly xenophobic. do not paint all foreigners in general and zimbos in particular with the same soiled brush you are using. most zimbos are hardworking law abiding educated people who go about their lives without crime. to name but just a few, beast mtawarira, peter ndoro, countless soccer players in psl et al. there are plenty rapist and murdering locals but you keep quiet about what they do to little children and senior citizens, only when a foreigner does a heinous crime do you post comments and advocate for death penalty.

  • wzimbeva - 2012-09-27 18:29

    I am really dissapointed by these 3 my fellow Zimbabweans, surely to cross the border to come & commit crime here, wish they can be send back to Zimbabwe to face the murder charges where they can receive a death penalty. They must rot in jail. They tarnish the image of good Zimbabweans.

  • nozipho.ledwaba - 2012-09-27 19:17

    These criminals should be hanged for real no doubt about that. Robbing such a bright life. death penalty on these fools. But the xenophobic statements on here are sooo distasteful and how ironic for a white men(originally from Europe) to advocate violence on black foreigners, at one point there were no borders and Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, SA, were one and the same people. Its after such statements that make me support Malema. Lets condemn criminals for what they are and not where they are from, a criminal is a criminal.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-27 19:26

    Sons of Robert mugabe pls live us in peace with our country go home b4 we take further steps :::ONE:::

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-27 20:19

    WE always blaming eachother about crime/unemployment/rape and etc nowwe have to see the truth all of us south africans . and also have to admit that we are drinking our own medicen the black politicians called them our african brothers the white people like them as their chip laboures now they turning against all of us .and one day when we start to fight against eachother they will run away.

  • nmamabolo1 - 2012-09-28 06:28

    they dnt knw our national heroes,thts why they ddnt spare his life.same thing happened with Lucky Dube.send all Zimbos home.lyk they say ''one rotten potato........................''

  • sonja.gerber.58 - 2012-09-28 12:45

    Corrie Sanders was such a gentle good person and will be missed by so many people worldwide. Well done for the arrest or the thee men. Please no bail

  • mandy.robinson.5074 - 2012-09-28 14:10

    Zim, please keep your criminals, we have enough of our own!! Well done to those who gave the tip-off, instead of just turning a blind eye.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-01 12:42

    A big thank you to the people who tipped the police.It is people like you who make a difference in society.Now for the police to be competent in their work and presentation in order for justice to be served.

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