Mafia murdered Hansie - Rice

2010-09-08 14:39

London - Former Proteas captain Clive Rice has called on investigators to re-examine the deaths of former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje in the wake of the latest Pakistan betting scandal in England.

According to the Thaindian News website, Rice said he feared mafia betting syndicates had already murdered his close friend Woolmer and Cronje.

“These mafia betting syndicates do not stop at anything and they do not care who gets in their way,” Fox Sports quoted Rice, as saying.

Rice was reiterating the stance of former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson, who had earlier told Fox Sports that match-fixing “might not be about money, it might be about extortion, and all the things that go on”.

“In Pakistan, there’s lots of extortion so it’s not necessarily about money,” Lawson said in an interview.

He added: “It could be ‘your career’s over if you don’t do X, Y and Z’. It’s a whole myriad of factors; it’s a different culture and community to ours, and, as a result, you get different pressures.”

Rice, 61, said from his home in Johannesburg that he was not surprised to hear the latest allegations that Pakistan had rigged the results of the fourth Test against England at Lord’s and the Sydney Test in January.

“My first response was, ‘What’s new?’,” he said.

He called on the ICC to urgently introduce reform and enforce strict policing to permanently stamp out the complex web of match-fixing and spot-fixing crippling the game.

Former Proteas captain Cronje, who was banned for life for his role in a 2000 match-fixing scandal, died in a plane crash near George in 2002.

Rice said that he feared the plane’s equipment was tampered with on the orders of a mafia syndicate.

“I am convinced his death wasn’t an accident,” he said.

Former South Africa and Pakistan coach Woolmer was found dead in a Jamaican hotel room in 2007 on the morning after his team lost to Ireland at the Cricket World Cup.

He was reportedly furious following the match and, according to conspiracy theories, was murdered to prevent him publicising Pakistan’s alleged match fixing.


  • Hansie Fan - 2010-09-08 14:49

    I have always believed that Hansie and Bob were murdered. When the latest story broke I felt justified in my belief in this regard. What a waste of two wonderful people. I hope we get answers soon. I wonder if the book maker has buried himself over his admission on tape. Hansie and Bob may you RIP you are both missed.

  • VivaRice - 2010-09-08 14:54

    Rice has hit the nail on the head. This was my feeling at the time of Hansie and Bob's death. Justice will prevail. It is also that the Aussies seem to get of very light. Are they "royal game"? (and that goes for rugby as well)

  • Goerge - 2010-09-08 14:55

    Very interesting

  • Harold - 2010-09-08 14:57

    I knew something was amiss with both deaths. Woolmer was strangled and only someone tall enough could have done it. Maybe Inzamam Ul Haq was tall enough.

  • The Sun - 2010-09-08 14:58

    This might be true.

  • Cliff - 2010-09-08 14:59

    Pakistan should have been booted out of international cricket years ago!

  • Hansie Fen - 2010-09-08 15:01

    Hansie isn't dead. He's in South America.

  • - 2010-09-08 15:03

    Always knew they were a little involved but felt they were the scapegoat for all the cricketing fraternity. Sham on all of you who were so hard on Hansie who actually kept his mouth shut and did not rat on others probably for fear of them killing his family!!!

  • Bob Smith - 2010-09-08 15:05

    Definitely some truth to this. I can well believe Woolmer and Cronje being hushed up for good by the Mafia. Sad.

  • Xhosa Hansie Fan - 2010-09-08 15:05

    Ooh how I miss him!!! Rest in Peace Hansie My Captain!!

  • Yolande - 2010-09-08 15:08

    its a real shame that Hansie is not with us any more. South African criket is just not the same without him!

  • Ole - 2010-09-08 15:09

    Hansie got what he deserved he was killed by greed ad pains me because he was a role model to most of us. He shouldnt have been involved with those guys in the first place.

  • stof - 2010-09-08 15:11

    The only problem with the Hansie theory is that he was due to fly on a commercial flight that was postponed/cancelled and changed to the Mail Plane when he met the pilots going to George at the last minute

  • cammie - 2010-09-08 15:11

    Have to agree with Rice and Hansie Fan - what a waste of two great cricketing minds. They are both sorely missed and we can only hope they rest in peace

  • niels - 2010-09-08 15:13

    @Yolande Yeah, now we can actually believe the that the guys are actually winning or losing for real. Anybody who reckons SA cricket was better off with Hansie in it is an idiot.

  • How hypocritical - 2010-09-08 15:17

    Hansie was a crook!!! Irrespective whether he was murder or it was an accident. Bottom line he was a crook and a disgrace to gentlemen’s game!

  • Lynette - 2010-09-08 15:18

    We miss you Hansie. South African cricket has never been the same. Clive I am sure there is some truth in the matter. Always new something was wrong.

  • J - 2010-09-08 15:21

    The sad thing about this was that with Hansie, we always got the feeling that we never heard the whole truth, only the bit to do with his piece in the puzzle. We never heard what really went on with Woolmer and now these guys are going to have egg on their faces if they have to own up to the fact that there was more to the story than they told the public. So where to from here? Very good question... Just a thought, millions still watch WWE dispite a fixed result... :(

  • Robert - 2010-09-08 15:23

    South Africa has never had a captain as upstanding as Hansie ever since... Extortion... now that brings a whole new twist....

  • Lebron - 2010-09-08 15:24

    Damn they killed hansie, it was them now it makes sense.

  • Spyderbot - 2010-09-08 15:27

    Clive Rice - Air Krash Investigator. Would make a great Mark Condor type pikturebook hey! Does CR know just how thorough these crash investigations are or is he implying that SA's CAA is in the cricket mafia's pay too? Man these skelms must be organised. But then again it was probably those damn Australians kricketers was secretly behind our innocent's death. Or was he simply an immoral, greedy, blaspheming liar!

  • Rainman - 2010-09-08 15:27

    those betting syndicates moved the Outeniqua Mountains? Ongelooflik

  • Lizette - 2010-09-08 15:29

    May justice be done! RIP Hansie - we salute you!!!

  • Paul - 2010-09-08 15:30

    Clive Rice must catch a wake up, Hansies death was a direct result of pilot error by not following procedures in George airspace...... the pilot had been under investigation for simiar transgressions els where..... Bob Woolmer on the other hand was never investigated properly and foul play is more than likly...

  • Anon - 2010-09-08 15:30

    The gangs are going to rule the world. I never thought it that way, guess there's a lot going on in the world that we don't know about.

  • Stuart - 2010-09-08 15:32

    Hansie didn't die that day. He has underwent identity change with the help of mafia and mafia linked police contacts. We all know Hansie knew the right people. He lives in South America or the Carribbean now or perhaps is even back in SA. Ask Lolly J and his strip club friends about getting passports and IDs from Home Affairs

  • PS - 2010-09-08 15:35

    The devil made them do it!

  • Phil Pienaar - 2010-09-08 15:37

    Stop looking for sensation.You are acting like a bunch of old women with wet bloomers including Clive Rice.Hansie and Bob are dead and that is it.The matter is closed.Finito.Let their families carry on with their lives

  • Stuart - 2010-09-08 15:37

    I think Rice is wrong on Woolmer. Woolmer appears to have died after going hpoglycemic. He apparently had diabetes. His death symptoms were remarkably similar to those who die hypoglycemic deaths.

  • Dreamcatcher - 2010-09-08 15:38

    Agree with niels totally Hansie was a cheat .....finish and klaar He even admitted that to Pastor Ray ......another cheat

  • cricket fan - 2010-09-08 15:41

    thank you Mr Rice i wil finally rest when that murderers are behind bars and the keys thrown to a whale i really mis him because he was the only captain that can take pressure and win a match for his country.FROM A BIG CRICKET FAN.

  • DC@Ole - 2010-09-08 15:42

    and you will get what you deserve very soon. Hansie had the balls to admit what he did.You Ole are a wimp. Shane Warne was once implicated but the ausies pushed it under there dirty carpet.

  • Not a cricket fan anymore - 2010-09-08 15:44

    The fact is that Hansie just took the fall for something that has tainted cricket for a long time. I dont even waste my time watching it any more as you never know if the result was genuine or not. Its the same for cycling or any team sport. Everyone has a price.

  • nic - 2010-09-08 15:49

    I saw Hansie the otherday.... He was at an Elvis concert being MC'd by Bob Woolmer while Lolly J organised the topless waitresses...

  • rastaman - 2010-09-08 15:53

    clive & i are rasta. that explains his statements

  • Theo - 2010-09-08 15:55

    Simple solution really. Ban betting on cricket matches in India, Pakistan and Australia. If it is illegal, fewer people would actually place bets and the desire to fix matches would become redundant. Whilst we are at it, lets examine refereeing in rugby and betting syndicates in Australia, maybe a lot of the "refereeing" decisions will be more easily explained.

  • steven - 2010-09-08 15:56

    Crap man. Hansie died in a plane crash and yes Woolmer's death was suspicious.

  • sarel fourie - 2010-09-08 16:00

    sonofagun...from now on I am watching WWE...dose oaks wivout bloot, no metter how hard you hit dem wif a cher in de face, no awgins, you kan hit dem wif a ledder.Et leest u no its fixt.Go Stormers!!!

  • Carlos - 2010-09-08 16:01

    I agree with Stuart. His must have undergone plastic surgery, (heavy) and has a new identity. Old Julius M. We can see it by the love of money and lack of scruples.

  • Andre - 2010-09-08 16:09

    It's the same people who force fed our Springbok Captain!!

  • Realist - 2010-09-08 16:10

    Ole rather harsh don't you think! To some extent or other I do not believe that there is one person in this world who hasn't been greedy to some extent in their lifetime. Even when eating that extra piece of bread that could have gone to someone who was starving! Greed is greed, you can’t measure it! It’s the same concept as ‘theft’! If you take something that does not belong to you no matter how big or small, it is theft! Hence Ole, you have never, ever been greedy in your life? Ponder on it... "Hansie got what he deserved"…'People in Glass Houses' Ole...people are human Ole, people make mistakes...

  • manie - 2010-09-08 16:16

    Pity that the so called evidence in Hansie's case - the tape that was made of the conversation,was never delivered

  • VAD - 2010-09-08 16:19

    Hansie’s death was an accident – too many unplanned / last minute changes to be rigged. Bob’s death – well that’s another story.

  • evert louw - 2010-09-08 16:19

    i said this long ago .hansies main sponsors were the khouries,like in allan etc.also a former cricketer.but also a leb and a horse racing and gambling venue owner.the khouries had a horse racing cubicle at randfontein tattersals,and undoubtedly a bucketshop or two.from a previous horse racing and gambling investigator.

  • PE - 2010-09-08 16:21

    I always said that Hansie was murdered as well as Bob. Hansie was a gentlemen and never ever deserved any of the pain and heart ache he went through. Leaving behind a beautiful wife and family, is this what our star sportmen have to go though. It is not on.......... RIP Hansie and Bob.

  • @Stuart - 2010-09-08 16:22

    So you believe everything you read then?

  • Tommy - 2010-09-08 16:24

    Mr Rice did it take people in this country,so long to figure that hansie was murdered.I have said this since the death of hansie that it did not make sense,that all commercial flights to george were grounded due to bad weather,why will hansie want to get to george that urgently.Bob was silenced as well.I was told then that it is conspiracy theory now it seems that people are waking up or finding the courage to say something when it is to late (mr rice).I think there were one or two more people on the flight & the guys were taken care off.My opinion is that all or most sports are rigged not just cricket, that is why sportsman are paid astronomical salaries. All sports is like watching the WWE wrestling,things have been rehearsed and money is made from fans.There are billions of dollars that exchange hands for many sporting events so can you please do the MATH.It is done with football but look at the u chelsea supporters who believe that this is not true. Most Humans always need this WORLD OF SPORT to escape to. I have witnessed the soccer world cup 98 being fixed,2002,2006,&2010 so pls do not tell me about conspiracy theories. Yes even SA beloved rugby could be as well. If one really thinks about it,all you have to do as a bookie is get to three or four players and the rest is history. Well it is just my "ghetto point of view'.

  • Shaun - 2010-09-08 16:24

    Also might explain South Africa never winning a World Cup either!!! Gibbs and Boje were involved as well in my opinion and they walked :( I dont watch this rubbish sport anymore because its all fake!

  • jacques marais - 2010-09-08 16:29

    Hansie and Bob was seen with Elvis at KFC in Toronto.

  • BT - 2010-09-08 16:32

    All those who believe that Hansie was murdered, obviously don't know too much about how many coincidences had to have taken place, in order for the planes crash to have been planned. 1) It was a last minute decision to fly on that particular flight. 2) To "fiddle" with the aircrafts instruments, they would have had to know that the weather on that night was going to be so bad. If it was a clear night, the pilots would simply have flown "visual" as opposed to on instruments. Bob Woolmer, well different story