Newlands mourns Commins

2013-01-04 12:01

Cape Town - Flags flew at half-mast at Newlands in Cape Town after the news filtered through about the death of former Western Province cricketer, John E Commins.

“We are deeply sorry to hear the horrific news about John and send our condolences to his family,” said Cricket SA acting CEO Jacques Faul on Friday.

“What should be a happy occasion at Newlands - as we celebrate the Proteas' superb performance against New Zealand - has turned into a sad one, and our thoughts are with his wife and family.”

Commins, 71, was apparently killed in his home in Claremont on Wednesday night. His wife found his body in their bedroom.

He had accepted an invitation to attend the second day of the Test between South Africa and New Zealand, at Newlands, on Thursday.

He played 10 matches for the then WP Cricket Union between 1961 and 1968 and, as a legspinner, took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32.

He was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins, who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.

Commins' daughter, Donne, manages many past and present South African cricketers, including Mark Boucher.

It was decided to postpone a planned farewell for Boucher at Newlands on Thursday to next month, when the Proteas take on Pakistan in Cape Town.

“We need to recognise the significant role the Commins family has played in cricket in South Africa,” Faul said.

“Not only did the two Johns play cricket for us and Kevin play a role in the administration of Western Province, but Donne is a very professional agent who has benefited a lot of our cricketers.”

Western Province Cricket Association president Beresford Williams expressed his “shock and horror” at his passing and extended the condolences of the entire South African cricket family to his family.


  • sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-04 12:26

    Well how was he killed ? Murdered ? Burglary gone wrong ? Suicide ?

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-01-04 12:45

    may his soul rest in peace,,,,,!

  • elspeth.hassall - 2013-01-04 12:49

    This has been a very sad time for the cricketing many great men in a matter of weeks...not mention, of course, the sad death of one of cycling's greats. May all their respective families find peace in knowing they were all greatly admired and loved by the fans.

  • abcdewe999 - 2013-01-04 13:51

    As a country we need to be ashamed of ourselves for letting this carry on like this , farm murders and high profile people like lucky dube and corrie sanders where will it stop . My opinion is that the people have too many rights and have been lulled into a false sense of getting away with too much and are ill disciplined they need to be brought down a couple of notches so that they can respect life and property of others . If this trend is not stopped now the consequences are going to lead to situations like in Egypt and Syria . Already it is okay to kill 1250 people on the roads and very little is done about it ,they have failed for the last 30 years or more to stop the killing . Which country can carry on like this without taking drastic measures These drivers that drive drunk and on cell phones and pass on solid lines should not be allowed to ever drive on the roads of SA ever again

  • marilyn.bull1 - 2013-01-04 15:02

    This is such a tragedy - my sincere condolences to Cherie and family. Marilyn Bull

  • alan.montgomery2 - 2013-01-04 18:54

    This horrific deed is one of many.Please SA of all persuasions lets become more compassionate and understand that killing is barbaric and does nothing to improve the image of SA or its peoples.Lets live in love please brothers and sisters

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 23:10

    Oh My God who is this Commis and who killed him*ANC*

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