Questions remain after Sanders’ death

Corrie Sanders’ family insist a private clinic refused to admit him because he had no medical aid.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Questions still remain about why boxing champion Corrie Sanders was not taken to a private medical facility or to a closer hospital.

Sanders was shot in the stomach by robbers and died at the Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday morning.

Mediclinic Brits is about seven minutes away from the Thatch Haven restaurant, where Sanders was wounded during an armed robbery on Saturday evening.

The Kalafong Hospital is 45 minutes away from the restaurant.

Mediclinic Brits said it has a 24-hour emergency unit with surgeons available to treat such cases.

But the facility never received a request from paramedics.

According to Sanders' family, the Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Unit told them he cannot be taken to Mediclinic Brits, because he does not have medical aid.

This despite a law that any facility, whether private or public, is compelled to accept emergency one cases.

It is unclear why paramedics decided to take Sanders to a hospital further away.

The rescue unit declined to comment on the matter.