Gary Player: My brother was buried like a Zulu

Player says he wants his late brother to be remembered for the role he played in protecting wildlife.

FILE: Gary Player. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Golfing icon Gary Player says he is still battling to come to terms with the passing of his brother, Dr Ian Player who was laid to rest yesterday.

"My brother was buried yesterday and I've been in tears hour after hour because he was a wonderful man, he helped change the world."

The nature conservationist died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke at his home in KwaZulu-Natal.

He founded several environmental organisations and was deeply involved in the preservation of the white rhino.

Player says he wants his brother to be remembered for the role he played in protecting wildlife throughout the world.

"So my brother when I buried him yesterday, I held onto that chord and I put him in the ground. He was buried like a Zulu."

The golfer called on all South African's to take a firm stand against rhino poaching and continue the work started by his late brother.

"These poachers are killing our heritage with a power saw."