Corrie Sanders shot dead

2012-09-23 09:08

Pretoria - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders died in Kalafong Hospital on Sunday after being shot in a restaurant in Brits, North West police said.

The boxer was celebrating the 21st birthday of his nephew when three armed men arrived in the restaurant and shot randomly on Saturday night, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

Sanders, 46, was shot in the hand and stomach.

Ngubane said it appeared that gunmen went to the restaurant with the aim to rob it.

"They shot randomly and took a cellphone of the daughter who was turning 21-years-old and they also took a bag of another patron in the premises," he said.

No arrests have been made but police were investigating a murder case.

Sanders's second-round knockout of Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in 2003 was considered one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing. He lost to Wladimir's older brother Vitali for the vacant WBC title the following year.

A southpaw renowned for his hand speed, Sanders retired in 2008 with a 42-4 record, including 31 knockouts.


  • mjwild - 2012-09-23 08:28

    RIP Corrie, you will always be a champ. Time to bring back the death sentence.

      marius.kannemeyer - 2012-09-23 13:35

      The time is now that we fight back and take the law into our own hands. The police is useless and corrupt!

      liesure.larry - 2012-09-23 13:52

      Marius that won't work... it would turn into a war zone.... hold on.. it already one...

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-09-23 08:28

    Crime in this country has reached unacceptable proportions!!its time for a rethink on how this country is haste!!

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-09-23 11:53

      Dunkie, is there acceptable proportions????? NO, but like u say, things are so out of control, and its a killing frenzy for so called "survival" of the disadvantaged.

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  • kim.buren - 2012-09-23 08:30

    You died a Hero Corrie. Condolences to the families

  • JackTrend - 2012-09-23 08:31

    We are losing our legends. RIP Corrie

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-09-23 08:32

    Another day, another one of 50 murders per day. The ANC idiots won't lift a finger. They're too busy lining their own pockets to give a damn!

      marius.kannemeyer - 2012-09-23 13:38

      It is time we take action, and be it fighting back dirty, then so be it! We should starting to arm ourselves to get rid of the ANC pests that is killing this country. Pig farmers you know what to do!

  • Bugprof - 2012-09-23 08:34

    This is a sad day indeed.

  • Michael - 2012-09-23 08:35

    It was Lucky Dube, now Sanders! But when police shoot at criminals all opposition parties cry foul that police are not well trained to deal with criminals! All this to score some cheap political points!

  • marah.louw - 2012-09-23 08:38

    Isn't it weird that every time Crime Stats are released and we kind of breath a sigh of relief that these evil bastards get revitalized and prove that the Crime Stats as released by the Minister Mthetwa a couple of days ago are hard to believe.

  • Jacques Gale - 2012-09-23 08:39

    RIP The Sniper...bring back the death Penalty !!!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-23 08:40

    lets go n stay in the sun cause this world is very hot for us RIP CORRIE U A MY HERO

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-23 08:42

    RIP Corrie and thanks for the great memories. Condolences to the family. Sorry to say it, but this is Africa where life has no value and will never change.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-23 08:43

    Shocking. Bloody, savage bastards.

  • michele.bosman.5 - 2012-09-23 08:45

    I am so upset about this, how can you murder people who have brought so much sporting joy to a country. I hope these swine face the full consequences of the law.

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-09-23 11:56

      How can they murder anyone, for that matter???

      niel.walt - 2012-09-23 14:54

      Oh yes the full consequences! Wich are a warm bed, 3 meals a day, free education.... The law is a joke.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-09-23 08:45

    This is a very sad day for our country. RIP Corrie .

  • riaan.labuschagne.10 - 2012-09-23 08:46

    RIP. This is so sad to here. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I pray for you.

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-09-23 08:47

    This is sickening.Bring back the death penalty immediately.I hope they catch them and they rot in hell.RIP Corrie.Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-09-23 08:47

    RIP Big Corry. Jab,Hook and move..That was one your signature moves..skills,skills,skills.SA has lost a legend. Hang the bastards!

  • social12345 - 2012-09-23 08:47

    It's the Nature of the Beast (in the DNA), Murderers, Rapists and Thieves. Their brains are designed to act on two impulses only, 1) Consumption 2) Destruction. The scourge of our planet, they are neither Human or Animal, they are "The Unreconstructable Neanderthals!"

      bantu.jonginamba - 2012-09-23 09:18

      U are using an unfortunate event to spew your hatred filled bile.Burn in hell.

      jay.vyas.984 - 2012-09-23 11:39

      My Grand Parents told me this of the ANC Government South Africa 30 Years ago: 1. Blood 2. Death 3. Theft 4. Looting 5. Raw Meat 6. Murder 7. Disease 8. Lies 9. Corruption 10: Dictatorship They were not that far off were they? I Rest My Case By The Way... Do Not Buy an e-Tag!!! EVER!!!!

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-09-23 12:00

      Bantu, my friend, do u fit any of the descriptions as mentioned by social12345? If so, then the shoe fits, and if u don't, and u condemn what the ANC goverment is allowing in this country, then say your say. What social12345 comments, is aimed at the ones to whom it fits, so you decide! I fail to see any race being mentioned.

  • Forest Gump - 2012-09-23 08:52

    this is ####### SAD!!:-(

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-23 08:53

    A tragic loss of a loyal servant to SA boxing. He held incredible statistics in the ring and now his death is just a part of the manipulated crime stats in this country. Another waste of life!!

  • riaan.labuschagne.10 - 2012-09-23 08:53

    So sad to here. Thinking of your fiends, family and fans. EK BID VIR JULLE.

      maneya.michael.9 - 2012-09-23 11:30

      Zuma government is full of murderous,is thus why he dnt care about others.deathpenalty must be re-instated

  • melanie.reah - 2012-09-23 08:53

    THats is absolutely Shocking. What the hell next. These bastards need to be stopped. Wake up useless bloody Government. R.I.P Corrie and condolences to the family.

      martin.schoeman.33 - 2012-09-23 12:09

      I am stunned by the dislike to ur comment, and we wud think we are between civilised people? Maybe if u said, "This is so good. These good hungry folk should be encouraged! Thanks to the xcellent government, another white trash has been removed from civilisation.", u cud have earned urself a thumbs up, or perhaps the governement and their followers are reading the comments after all!

  • shane.griffiths.94 - 2012-09-23 08:54

    Corrie rest in peace - sincere condolences to your family - he was probably trying to defend others and lost his life for this - its time these outrageous people who murder others lives are ended as well

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-09-23 08:55

    R I P Corrie violent crime is coming down according to the chimps !! time for all of us to carry arms .

  • riaan.labuschagne.10 - 2012-09-23 08:56

    So sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fans of Corrie. RIP. Mag daai bliksems wat dit gedoen het brand in hel.

  • demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-23 08:57

    I would like to know if these criminals were ones that zuma gave permission to release from prison just recently??

  • Jacques - 2012-09-23 09:18

    This makes me sick

  • hans.somsen - 2012-09-23 09:25

    RIP Corrie, may they burn in hell!

  • Peter - 2012-09-23 09:25

    Zuma and the whole rotten lot of you have blood on your hands over the out of control crime. The senseless loss of life continues in South Africa. R.I.P Corrie Sanders, world champion and all round nice guy who did not deserve this. Condolences to the Sanders family.

  • Borges.Howard - 2012-09-23 10:21

    RIP Corrie... Your presence in this world will be dearly missed Champ...

  • elizabeth.otto.121 - 2012-09-23 12:06

    Van suid afrika se mense is siek en vreed. Die land waar die meeste moorde gepleeg word. Die leiers van ons land moet wakker word en sien wat rondom hulle gebeur. Ek dink party wil nie SIEN of wakker word nie. Mens kan nie eers by n restuarant n ete saam jou familie geniet nie. Die doodstraf moet maar net terrug gebring word.

      niel.walt - 2012-09-23 14:46

      Hulle wil nie sien nie want dit is wat hulle wil he

  • Shananananan - 2012-09-23 12:33

    Bring back the death penalty!

  • Jakes1973 - 2012-09-23 13:34

    RIP Corrie, always enjoyed your chats and our action cricket games together. God bless your family through this horrible time.

  • Marcin - 2012-09-23 13:35

    You will never be forgotten Sniper.

  • peter.delange.733 - 2012-09-23 13:59

    Nou ,verstaan ek hoekom baie mense pad gee uit ons land uit en die wat uit is will nie treug kom nie.MOORD,MISDAAD, VERKRAGTINGS is aan die orde van die dag.Het die Regering dan oog klappe aan.Verstaan hulle dan nie wat gebeur hier nie.Dit is mos maklik om statestieke deur te gee wat moontlik gedokter is.

  • siphom.mngadi.7 - 2012-09-23 14:15

    May His Soul Rest In Peace

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-09-23 14:42

    Had the honour playing golf with the gentle giant. You are in a peaceful place now RIP. This country is sick and lawless. Who's next you or me reading news 24?

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-23 15:08

    Where is Zuma he should have issued a condolence to the nation and be on the backs of police to get these murderers off the streets already!!! He is in bed with one of his wives, mistresses or girlfriends what a disgrace he is, I hold him accountable for this murder and all the rest in his time as "president"

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  • karin.lore.5 - 2012-09-24 09:09

    NOTHING will be done about crime in South Africa, the CRIMINAL ANC government scores big on taxes on deceased estates. RIP Corrie, sorry for what was done to you and your family - senseless.

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