Mourners pay last respects to Sanders

Boxing legend Corrie Sanders was described as a ferocious fighter, but a gentle soul.

A shrine, in remembrance of boxing legend Corrie Sanders, at the entrance to the church where his funeral service was held. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - Friends, family and members of the South African sporting society on Monday turned out to pay their last respects to murdered boxing legend Corrie Sanders.

He was shot during a robbery at a Brits restaurant in the North West Province more than a week ago.

Sanders died at the Kalafong Hospital several hours later.

Three people are expected to appear in court on Monday in connection with the crime.

Church minister Chris Gericke called on government, on behalf of Sanders' family and friends, to protect South Africans and allow them to live in peace.

He was speaking to a packed church in northern Pretoria where hundreds of mourners gathered for the ceremony.

Former boxing champ Kallie Knoetze and sports personality Darren Scott described Sanders as a ferocious fighter, but a gentle soul.

Sanders' family thanked Netcare ambulance staff and officials from the Kalafong Hospital for their help.

Many pupils from Laerskool Heatherdale, where Sanders' children go to school, also attended the service.