Albie home for Vorster funeral

2012-04-19 14:01

Chennai - Albie Morkel, the Chennai Super Kings all-rounder, has returned to South Africa to attend the funeral of Louis Vorster who died after being shot during in Gauteng on Tuesday.

According to the Cricinfo website, Morkel is expected to return later in the tournament, though no date has been specified.

"Albie Morkel has travelled back to South Africa first thing this morning after hearing of the death of a very close friend at Johannesburg," Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach said.

"He goes with our best wishes and sympathies. He will take further part in the IPL, but we are not sure when that is. So on behalf of CSK, we extend our sympathies to Albie and obviously look forward to getting him back as soon as we can."

Upon hearing of the news of Vorster's death, Morkel tweeted: Tonight I'm crying like a baby! Lost a great friend! Rip Louis Vorster..#anothercrimevictiminSA!!

Later Morkel added: Today I definitely don't feel #proudlysouthafrican.. Actually feel a bit disgusted!! #louisvorster

Vorster's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the NG Kerk Moreleta (the old one in Rubenstein) at 11:00.



  • Zuko Mabope - 2012-04-19 14:36

    Its commendable that Albie has taken time out. what amazes me thou is the crass attitude of disgust and the crime stat jab. People everywhere in this country die every day in poor crime ridden communities but you dont hear those people being disgusted at the country just at the crime. stop reminding us that you have a choice to be here, lest we call you on it.

      Kenny - 2012-04-19 14:47

      No Zuko it is about time somebody well known to the public complain about this money grabbing government to do something about this mess we call our country.

      Michael - 2012-04-19 15:28

      @Zuko, please tell me you are NOT proud of the crime stats. Doesnt matter where or what, a stat is a stat, and the SA scenario isnt a fairytail, you cant argue with a fact. I think, he wants to be here, otherwise he would have chosen any other cricket playing nation that would select him on merit. He is one of the few SAfricans chosen internationally but he is left out of the team time after time in SA due to previously disadvantage players. So maybe rather have respect for him, he lost a friend.

      roboman1 - 2012-04-19 15:34

      No Zuka, we are all disgusted at the crime and flagrant violence in the country, not just Albie, and fortunately the good man was prepared to make a public statement, well done Albie. And Zuka, you must be an absolute zoob to make such a pathetic comment

  • Thabiso Snowby Bokwe - 2012-04-19 15:11

    I sometimes wonder if ever our decision makers were to lose a family member to violent crime, would they then decide to bring back the death penalty? Instead of E-toll, bring in E-death!!!

      Gideon - 2012-04-19 20:38

      Well said!

  • Michael - 2012-04-19 15:16

    @Zuko, maybe its time someone in those communities stand up and say enough is enough then and stop drawing racial lines into those who do try to stop.\r\n\r\nGood luck Albie, a friend's death is real hard.

  • nikolai.kaufmann - 2012-04-19 15:42

    It doesn't matter whether you are black, white, pink or purple, the crime in SA affects us all, some more than others, but it still affects us. Whether you live in a poor area too scared to go out your front door at night, or live in a larney suburb caged in your own home with high walls and security companies. This country has no strong leadership, nobody with enough power to make enough of a difference to stand up and say enough is enough is enough. Our tax money is wasted on ministers that scream job creation and alleviating the plight of the poor, but then get into their R800 000 Mercedes Benz and go home to their fancy houses with running water and electricity. They have money, they are safe and couldn't give a flying toss about the next man. The people that need to be reading my post right now not to vote for these people over and over and over again can't even read to begin with and will never see my post. Governments are there to oppress and take. African governments more so than any others. The cancer in this country can be reached at and until further notice forget about any real change. I am glad I live in the Western Cape, I am happy at least someone here honestly WANTS to make a difference... but she is white and she is a woman. As long as the racial divide remains we will never conquer poverty and this country will NEVER live up to it's god given honest and true potential. #proudsouthafrican!

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