Sanders to be laid to rest next week

The former heavyweight boxing champion will be laid to rest in Pretoria next week.

South African Corrie Sanders won the World Boxing Organisation title by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the second round in 2003. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Former heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders will be laid to rest in Pretoria next week.

He died at the Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria after being shot during a robbery at a restaurant in Brits in the North West at the weekend.

Sanders' brother, Mike, said the family was still in shock.

"It is a very hard thing, especially for my mom, who is really battling [with the death]."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has called for an inquiry into why Sanders was refused admission to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, just hours before he died.

According to reports, Sanders' family claims he was turned away because the shooting happened outside the Tshwane council's borders.

At the weekend, Sanders' family said his children will undergo trauma counselling.

The boxer was shot at a restaurant on Saturday, while attending his nephew's 21st birthday celebrations.

The three robbers are still at large.

Sanders' ex-wife, Sunette, said her two children were still reeling from the shock of witnessing their father being shot.

Sunette said the robbers kicked and slapped people before shots were fired.

She said her former husband tried to dive over his daughter to protect her.