Tyibilika friends also killed

2011-11-15 06:58

The murder of former Springbok Springbok player Solly Tyibilika at a Cape Town tavern on Sunday came just days after two of his friends were also shot dead.

Simon Dan Shumane (25) and Sandile Magunqu (27) were arrested together with Tyibilika on October 17 when police found a 9mm pistol in their car.

Gugulethu police had stopped the car when they saw it driving slowly at night with its headlights switched off.

Tyibilika, Shumane and Magunqu appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court two days later and were released on bail of R800 each. They were expected to return to court on January 26.

However, Magunqu was shot dead along Tom Street in Gugulethu and Shumane was shot dead a week later, The Star reported today.

Shumane was part of the Western Province’s Rugby Academy in 2004 and was a promising cricketer in his teens.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk told the newspaper that he could not confirm whether the murders were linked.

“Currently the cases are being investigated separately, but should a link be found, the investigators will combine the cases,” he said.

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