Three men who allegedly killed former boxing champion Corrie Sanders, appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate Court yesterday.
The three Zimbabwean nationals, Paida Fish, Chris Moyo and Samuel Mabena, who face charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances, were not asked to plead. Their case was postponed to October 22 to allow Mabena, who is also linked to another murder case, legal representation.
Mabena was wanted by police at the time of Sander’s death. He is a suspect in the murder of farmer Mauritz Oberholzer who was killed at his farm in Brits on September 5.
Sanders was shot twice during an armed robbery on September 22 while attending a family function at Thatch Haven Country Lodge in Brits.
The three gunmen fired randomly at revellers before robbing them of personal belongings such as wallets and cellphones.
Sanders, who retired from boxing in 2008 after suffering a first-round knockout defeat to fellow South African Osborne Machimana, was taken to a government hospital where he was later declared dead.
Outside the court, residents of Oukasie, the informal settlement where the three suspects had stayed prior to their arrest, voiced their anger at illegal foreigners.
“Enough is enough with foreigners. Oukasie residents condemn the killing of Sanders,” read one of the posters displayed by angry protesters.
Benny Sethlalogile, a local resident in the area situated outside Brits in North West, said the murder had angered members of the community.
“We demand the death penalty because the justice system is failing us,” he said.
It was not clear if the trio, who remain in custody, would apply for bail.