Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Former star footballer shot dead outside his home

FILE Marc Batchelor outside the High Court in Pretoria ahead of Oscar Pistorius's sentencing on 14 October 2014 Ex-South Africa football star is 'assassinated by two hitmen you shot him as he arrived home'
Shannon Reynolds | 16 July, 2019, 17:39

When two motorbikes pulled up and unleashed a hail of bullets into former Premier Soccer League (PSL) star Marc Batchelor's auto on Monday night, his first reaction was to shield his gardener, according to his grieving brother.

He was fatally shot when two gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on his vehicle in Olivedale, according to reports.

Police have confirmed that Batchelor was attacked by two men as he was entering his house. "His first concern was for him", Warren Batchelor told the SABC on Tuesday. The gardener escaped unharmed. "We pray that God will grant his family and loved ones the serenity and peace that they need to get through this hard time", said Dhlamini. "He was a good person, what happened to him its hard to explain". He was shot several times and died inside his vehicle.

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"He wanted to win, and losing was not part of his vocabulary", Steve Lekoelea who played with Batchelor at Orlando Pirates is quoted by TimesLive as saying.

The "Iron Duke" said during apartheid the striker would train in the townships and use the same showers with black players.

Marc Batchelor and Naas Botha during day 1 of the 2011 MTN SuperSport Shootout from Simola Golf and Country Estate on May 13 2011 in Knysna, South Africa.

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