‘Throw a match? Never!’ Hansie Cronje’s brother lifts the lid on ...

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‘Throw a match? Never!’ Hansie Cronje’s brother lifts the lid on his life

Frans Cronje describes how the former SA captain was wracked with guilt over the match-fixing scandal

Tim Wigmore

Early on the morning of June 1 2002, Frans Cronje received a phone call from his cousin. “She said: ‘Do you know Hansie’s plane has gone missing?’ I said: ‘No, I didn’t even know he was on a plane’.”

With tears in his eyes, Frans recalls learning that his younger brother, the former SA Test cricket captain, had been killed, at the age of 32.

After the initial phone call, Frans got in his car to drive the four hours from Stellenbosch to George, where Hansie lived and had been due to fly to. As soon as he sat down, Frans’s cellphone – an old Nokia 9210 with a pullout aerial – buzzed. It was a journalist: “We hear Hansie is dead – what have you got to say about it?”..

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