Cycling community outraged over champions death : Friday 4 January 2013

Cycling community outraged over champions death

Friday 4 January 2013 10:20

SABC

Champion rider, Burry Stander died yesterday after being hit by a taxi while on a training ride in the afternoon

Champion rider, Burry Stander died yesterday after being hit by a taxi while on a training ride in the afternoon(REUTERS)

The cycling community has expressed outrage over the killing of South Africa's top mountain cyclist Burry Stander who died yesterday in an apparent hit-and-run accident on the KwaZulu/Natal south coast.


Chairperson of KZN mountain biking commission, Charles Roberts says: "It's an absolutely devastating blow - we should be outraged when every single person gets killed on the road in some indiscriminate way - but somebody who is so dear to you and has done so much for the sport - and such an incredible cyclist has taken SA to be ranked 6th in the world - we are absolutely outraged and still have to come to terms that our champion has been taken."


Roberts says memorial rides are been planned in Shelly Beach for the next few weeks and a protest march has been planned for Johannesburg.


The founder of the Cape Epic, Kevin Vermaak says Stander was South African cycling's brightest star.  Vermaak says he is upset that the world has been deprived of a true legend in the making. 


"We are absolutely devastated, he was our brightest star and he was South Africa's hope for the future of mountain biking, he was not only our brightest star, he was a hero of mountain biking not just only for South Africa but also for the world. I remember him as incredible, humble, an ultimate athlete."





The driver of the mini bust taxi allegedly involved in Stander's death, has been questioned and released

Stander died yesterday afternoon while on a training ride. According to reports he was on the way back to his shop in Shelly Beach, when a taxi turned infront of him. He was pronounced dead on the scene.


Stander, aged 25, represented South Africa in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He also won the 2012 Absa Epic alongside team-mate Christoff Sauser. Stander was the 2009 under-23 world champion.


Police are currently investigating the death of Stander. The driver of the mini bust taxi allegedly involved in his death has been questioned and released.


KZN SAPS spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker says they are investigating a case of culpable homicide . He added they: "will be taking statements from witnesses, from the suspect himself, compiling a case docket which will then be submitted to the public prosecutor for a decision. If the prosecutor decides there is a prima facie case against the suspect we will then charge him and take him before court."


 

 

 

 

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