Corrie: Sports stars tweet grief

2012-09-23 13:12

Cape Town - South African sports personalities have taken to Twitter to express their sympathy and outrage over the fatal shooting of heavyweight boxing legend Corrie Sanders.

The Pretoria-born former WBO champion, 47, died in hospital after being shot during an armed robbery at a restaurant in Brits on Saturday.

One of the strongest reactions came from former Proteas cricketer Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru): “Another gutless killing ... RIP Corrie Sanders. Great memories chom. Time for death penalty to be instated! F**k this sh*t. #wakeupzuma.”

Current SA all-rounder Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) said: “Shocking! The guy who shot (batsman) Louis Vorster got released on bail last week! How does that work? RIP Corrie Sanders.”

The Proteas’ respective captains in Test and one-day cricket, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, also joined the tributes.

Smith (@GraemeSmith49) said: “Our thoughts with Corrie Sanders’ friends and family! RIP Corrie” whilst De Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) added: “Shocking news about Corrie Sanders’ death. Gonna miss u Corras.”

SA and Titans batsman Faf du Plessis (@faf1307) said: “RIP Corrie Sanders ... was a good man. Knew him since primary school days. #shockingnews.”

SuperSport critic and former Proteas batsman HD Ackerman (@ackershd) wrote: “Please, please, please put an end to all this crime, it is destroying our country. RIP Corrie Sanders.”

Fellow pundit Jeremy Fredericks (@rhinocricket) also weighed in with: “I am so shocked. RIP Corrie Sanders. When will the violence stop in this country?”

The rugby community’s response was just as prolific.

“I think it’s time people in SA said enough is enough on violent crime & start taking on the government. Nothing will change if people sit back,” said former Springbok wing flier Tonderai Chavhanga (@TondiChavhanga).

Currently injured Bok wing JP Pietersen (@jppietersen14) wrote: “Totally shocked about the news of Corrie Sanders. True legend of boxing. RIP.”

Former Bulls and Springbok hooker Gary Botha (@gvgbotha2) said: “RIP Corrie Sanders. Great man, great legend. Thought and prayers to his loved ones.”

Present Bulls and national team representatives Morne Steyn and Pierre Spies also expressed Twitter condolences.

SuperSport communications chief and long-time boxing writer and enthusiast Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) made a pertinent boxing point: “His 2003 KO of Wladimir Klitschko ranks as one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight history. RIP ‘Sniper’.”

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  • magau.thomas - 2012-09-23 13:34

    Is no longer safe in this county of ours u must go with security every where im shocked to hear this new today

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-09-23 16:10

      Maybe these sportsmen could lead a campaign of sorts and get something going? Everybody is sitting back doing nothing. We need leaders.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-24 09:06

      Well done ANC, another one of your failures alongside health and education, wake the F up and stop lining your pockets!!!

  • liesure.larry - 2012-09-23 13:41

    Shocking... RIP Corrie hopefully we can put some Leather on Willow one day again....

  • leonie.wood1 - 2012-09-23 13:41

    I don't like boxing but I always had a special feeling for Corrie Sanders!! He was a class mate of one of my best friends. How can this happen? One cannot comprehend the sadness and shock of the family and friends he left behind? What a cruel world? I am in tears.and my heart goes out to Corrie's family and friends!?? One question - WHYV???

  • leon.vonsolms - 2012-09-23 13:49

    This lawless country sickens me.

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-09-23 13:49

    Its high time the current Government and crime (which seem to run hand in hand...) is given the KO it needs... We need to take our safety back from ALL these criminals, they cannot be allowed to hold us to ransom any longer...

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-09-23 13:52

    RIP Corrie jy was een van die grootse onder die grotes. Those cowardly BLACKS probably had hoods over their heads as well. Ek noem hulle swartes omrede net daardie soort \lowlifes\ sal so iets doen in 'n blanke restourant, en dit nogal in Brits soos daar verstaan word. Heartfelt condolences goes out to his family. His kiLlers will probably be caught, brought to court and then out on bail only to kill again. Dit is mos hoe die swart regering se howe werk deesdae, or else get a sentence and later be parolled (because the Jails are too full) only to murder again, seeing that they now have had a taste of it.

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-23 14:25

      Boet, why bring race in this tragedy? This is a great loss and don't see why bring such racial insuation into it.

      desmond.s.leaner - 2012-09-23 14:30

      It may surprise you that black people also get killed in restaurants on their birthdays, and those victims also have families that mourn their loved ones. Criminals in general have no regard for race, fame or social standing. You and your kind unfortunately have to get used to not being shielded from crime my good sir.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-09-25 09:19

      How many crimes are done by white people? Yes to hell with each white guy that commits a crime, but somehow the majority off all crimes are done by the ones who have fought for their freedom. You already have it, you can stop shooting innocent people now. SHOOT YOUR OWN F******* kind, its their fault your freedom is limited.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-09-23 14:16

    Its a tragedy,I mean enjoying a birthday meal with his family and this happens,it just highlights just how bad crime really is in the country.#deathpenalty

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-23 14:28

    So sorry for this loss, this man was clearly an inspiration and legend to in peace..

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-23 14:36

    This athlete represented his country with distingshin and now that country he so beloved has betrayed him of his life. Those who were wearing blnkers and thought that the violent crime in SA was just a myth must just take them off now. One moment u r enjoying a lovely moment with ur family then the next u r shot right in front of them. That is cold blooded murder and no two ways about it. Do what u did to the Dewarni culprits and spare us the costs of our income with these court cases. Here lies a South African Hero killed by his own country. Rest In Peace Corrie Saunders

      stephan.cruywagen - 2012-09-23 18:13

      Your government killed him boet!!!!!

      byron.pienaar - 2012-09-26 01:01

      I commend you in your comment. What happened to Corrie Sanders and any other South African,is simply disgusting and someone must take responsiblity. The ruling government has let down SA.every promise for a bright future for SA has not matured. Mr Mandela had great vision,but alas he was let down by his terrorist comrades,the man served 27 years in an apartheid jail,and still turned the cheek and forgave them.all Africans that still harbour hate towards whites and still teach their young to hate whites,should be ashamed and can learn a great deal from Mr Mandela. Corrie was all of our hero, he didn't hide behind bodyguards or political party red tape,he was our people's champion and hero.I'm 30 years old,and remember my late father watching his fights and listening to them on the radio. Rest in peace Corrie,God has a special place for you

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-09-23 15:50

    Agree with Mzuvukile. Rest in peace Corrie! Heartfelt condolences to his loved ones, family and friends. No one should die so tragically!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-09-24 04:44

    Let’s demand a referendum on the death penalty now! It can be done together with the next general election and therefore have no financial implication.

  • charmaine.toweel - 2012-09-24 09:18

    I pray that God Himself brings justice and captuewa these murderers. The DEATH PENALTY REALLY NEEDS TO BE RE-INSTATED!!!!!!!!

  • james.dekock.92 - 2012-09-24 14:15

    Wat is die storie oor Brits Mediclic wat hom nie wou toelaat nie omdat hy nie 'n mediese fonds gehad het nie? As dit waar is moet Mediclinic gedagvaar word want volgens my kennis le dokters 'n eed af met graad ontvangs dat hulle alles in hulle vermoee sal doen om 'n lewe te red. Wat de hel het by Mediclinic gebeur? Ondersoek asseblief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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