Ex-cricketer killed - reports

2012-04-17 22:00

Cape Town - A 45-year-old man - thought to be former Namibian and South African domestic cricketer Louis Vorster - was shot dead in Muldersdrift on Tuesday night, Gauteng police told SAPA.

He was leaving a filling station when a gold Volkswagen with two men inside blocked his way, Tshisikhwawe Ndou, a police spokesperson said.

One of the men walked up to him and fired a shot at him, while the other went to the passenger side of his vehicle and grabbed a bag. They fled.

"He was declared dead at the scene," said Ndou, adding that a murder case had been opened. He could not confirm whether the person who died was Vorster.

News about Vorster's death surfaced on Twitter on Tuesday night.

Vorster made his first class debut in the 1985/86 season and represented Northern Transvaal, North West, Namibia, Matabeleland, Transvaal and the Worcestershire county in England.

His last listed first class match was for Namibia against Easterns in Windhoek in October 2009.

He scored 4 786 first class runs at an average of 33,23, with a highest score of 188.

Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel was stunned when he heard the news. "Tonight I'm crying like a baby! Lost a great friend! Rip Louis Vorster..#anothercrimevictiminSA!!" Morkel tweeted.

Former Proteas spinner Pat Symcox tweeted: "Louis Vorster ex-cricketer gunned down MURDEReD outside Pta!soooo sooo sad.What a nice guy."

Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph tweeted: "Another senseless murder in SA...RIP Louis Vorster".

South African swimming legend Ryk Neethling said: "A great man's life was violently ended tonight. R.I.P Louis Vorster".


  • Chris - 2012-04-17 21:55

    Nog 'n sinnelose moord. So so sad!

      Riaan - 2012-04-18 09:45

      I attended to the same High School as Him, not while he was there as I am 12 years his junior. I remember that there used to be two of his provincial shirts in the entrance hall one from the then Northern- Transvaal and one from Transvaal. The Transvaal shirt was donated because of Arno Jacobs who is now captain of the Warriors. If I remember all the details correctly Louis and Arno's brother Stefan were both playing for Transvaal at that time. When I read that his life was cut short in such a manner, I am not only saddened and outraged. But I wonder what we as a nation have to do? If this crime was perpetrated by foreign nationals, which could well be as this has become a trend. Is this the not an act of terrorism? Or what constitutes terrorism? How can we allow people from other countries to turn this country into a war zone? I ask these questions not a a third party observer, but as someone who a year ago went through something similar; when my Uncle was gunned down on his farm by no less than six gunmen. Therefore I ask again what should we as a nation do??? We have a Police Force run like a mob, with it's heads suspected to be involved in organised crime, corruption, fraud, theft and many other things. How do we hold the people in power accountable???

  • Carol - 2012-04-17 21:57

    What a tradegy. Another senseless murder. Condolences to his family and friends. Safe country, according to Zuma, but what does he know, he's too busy accumulating more wives

      Gerald - 2012-04-18 14:12

      Yes, and you forgot to mention, more wealth

  • Hanno Van Helsdingen - 2012-04-17 22:07

    One of my favourite players. Left handed magic. We live in a bad world!

      Ian - 2012-04-18 07:16

      @mbulelo, racist troll

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-04-18 09:54

      I have some wonderful memories of my 10 seasons as umpire with Northern Transvaal from 1991-2000. One is of Louis Vorster and Willie Morris and it could have been the 1993/94 season or the one afterwards. They played for Pretoria and were visitors at Harlequins one Saturday for a Presidents cup match in which I was umpiring. During the course of the Pretoria innings Louis and Willie ended up batting together after some wickets had fallen. A young school boy of 14 years was bowling at them and they both were coaching the youngster on how to bowl to each of them in turn. The youngster ended up with figures of 7 for 64 which included Louis and Willie’s wickets if I remember correctly. The young man ended up playing for SA schools. Pierre Joubert later played for the Titans and became their captain as well as overseas. I am sure Pierre and Willie will be thinking of Louis today as well as many other team mates, opponents and umpires. RIP Louis.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-04-17 22:20

    sad news. RIP Louis

  • Paul - 2012-04-17 22:31

    RIP Louis. What a great sportsman and gentleman.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-17 22:55

    Was a pleasure to watch. In the mould of Graeme Pollock

  • Raymond - 2012-04-17 22:56

    RIP Friend , domestic three and four day games are where we see the true sportsmen toiling away . Zuma says this is a safe country .Lying fool .

      fritz.rossouw1 - 2012-04-17 23:08

      Zuma or any of his government crime assister's, can't even spell the word " safe country "

      Sean - 2012-04-18 02:06

      @dave.gwani - hijo de una puta tonta

  • Suretha - 2012-04-17 23:54


  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-04-18 00:04

    .....and nobody to give details to the police or maybe a video clip or photo of the cold blooded murderers.....this country isnt the Wild West its the Wild South!!!!

  • Stanton - 2012-04-18 00:27

    WTF is wrong with this country!!!!!!

      Kenny - 2012-04-18 01:04

      The missing link is alive and well and living in Africa,same breed as that Bafoon Mbulelo.

  • James - 2012-04-18 02:48

    My hart gaan uit na julle toe oom Boet en res van Louis se familie. Seenbede vir julle in hierdie tyd. Mag die goedkoop neem van 'n geliefde, spesiale lewe die moordenaars duur te staan kom. R I P Louis...

      Christien - 2012-04-18 17:50

      James kan jy vir my begrafnisreelings gee as jy dit het asb

      Christien - 2012-04-18 17:51

      James kan jy vir my begrafnisreelings gee as jy dit het asb

  • Jayson - 2012-04-18 05:34

    So very sad. I hope they catch these murdering bastards soon. RIP Louis. You will be dearly missed.

  • Faizie - 2012-04-18 06:53

    The bag, they knew what was in the bag!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIP

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-04-18 07:02

    Umpired for Louis in N Tvl leagues, what a gentleman. RIP. Dave he was a business man not a bookmaker. Probably followed from bank? SA safe place according to Zuma. For criminals yes, just look at our government.

  • lenny001 - 2012-04-18 07:13

    This is very sad indeed, but I would rather not jump into conclusion and blame Zuma. Crime is everywhere even in Australia where most white South Africans went. Lets rather wait for justice before we can point fingers. It is very sad to see 'white' people attacking Zuma. What is it is his 'white' wife or business partners or friends who planned these?...look what happened to the latest family farm killing...all 'white' people were already starting to throw who is the main suspect now?..we are all Africans and we must live in peace

      Elizabeth - 2012-04-18 07:39

      I agree Lenny. Instead of just showing our sympathy, giving our condolences and praying for the family we have to make an issue of it. There is a time and a place for everything. Condolences to his family and friends, will keep you in our prayers.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-04-18 07:34

    This is very sad, May he rest in Peace and may God grant healing to his family. I pray that the murderers are found and Justice is done.

  • Bryden - 2012-04-18 07:53

    Murdered for the contents of a bag... just senseless. RIP Louis

  • Anne - 2012-04-18 11:36

    Louis I will always remember you as a guy with a smile. Would always have time to chat and share stories. May you rest in peace my Friend and may the good Lord's strength be with your family and especially your son!

  • Patricia - 2012-04-18 14:26

    Louis and I worked together many years ago, my deepest condolences to his loved ones and family. Words cannot describe the shock and horror of what has happened. How many more must lose their lives so tragically, before something is finally done about crime in this country. Regards Pat

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