Hospital firm against Sanders claim

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital says there is no record to show Corrie Sanders was turned away.

"Former world heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday said there was no record to show that a request was made by paramedics attending to former boxing champion Corrie Sanders for him to be treated at the facility, or that he was turned away.

Sanders (46) died at the Kalafong Hospital during the early hours of Sunday morning after being shot the night before.

The former boxing champion was attending his nephew's 21st birthday party at a Brits restaurant in the North West, when robbers stormed in and held patrons at gunpoint.

Sanders, one of only three men to beat WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, was shot in the stomach.

There have been suggestions that Sanders' life could have been saved if he had been treated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

But, these claims appear to be unfounded.

Steve Biko Academic Hospital CEO Ernest Kenoshi yesterday said anyone with evidence that paramedics denied treatment for Sanders from the facility was welcome to produce it.

A map search shows that Kalafong Hospital is closer to Brits than Steve Biko.

The Gauteng Department of Health confirmed that all protocol was followed and that Kalafong had all the necessary facilities and surgeons to treat the former boxer effectively.

His sister-in-law Noekie told Eyewitness News the family was satisfied with the medical treatment he received and that all that mattered was that he died a hero.

She said the war-of-words over which hospital Sanders' should have been treated at was irrelevant.

Sanders dived in front of his daughter when shots were fired in her direction.