Former cricketer shot dead

2001-06-04 16:55

Johannesburg - Former provincial cricket player Francois Weideman was shot dead in a robbery in Maraisburg on Monday morning, West Rand police said.

Inspector Yolande Bouwer said Weideman was shot in the neck, stomach and leg around 7am, shortly after he arrived at the CMR Golf Course where he was the green keeper.

His wallet and car keys were taken, but his vehicle was not stolen.

Employees at the golf course found his body when they arrived for work.

Bouwer said anyone with information should phone Detective Inspector Pikkie Fourie on 011-760-3189.

Meanwhile, former United Cricket Board of SA managing director Ali Bacher said Weideman's death was a great loss. "It is so tragic. I'm devastated by the news. He was a wonderful sportsman and an outstanding, talented individual," Bacher told Sapa.

Weideman, 41, played for the Transvaal cricket team in his twenties and also worked for the SA Cricket Union for four years. "He was involved in our development programme for disadvantaged communities for three to four years from 1987," Bacher said.

"He regularly coached individuals in the townships and was an outstanding South African."