Former Springbok and Sharks loose forward Solly Tyibilika shot dead in Cape Town

2011-11-14 00:00

FORMER Sharks and Springbok loose forward Solly Tyibilika was shot dead in the early hours of yesterday morning when two men opened fire at random at people in a tavern in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

Tyibilika represented the Springboks eight times between 2004 and 2006, scoring three tries in that time.

He moved to Cape Town in December last year to join Hamilton Rugby Club, where he played for the first side and was actively involved in coaching the U19s.

Hamilton head coach Anton Moorman told The Witness yesterday, “Obviously it is terrible news. I got a call from his fiancée yesterday morning and she was absolutely distraught.

“He had a fantastic personality and I know I speak on behalf of all of the players when we say we are going to miss him.”

Tyibilika played for Border before moving to Cape Town.

“He was very happy with us here and he was going to come back next year to play and coach again,” Moorman added.

Last month Tyibilika was arrested for possession of an unlicensed 9 mm firearm when he and two other men, Sandile Maqungu (27) and Simon Dan Shumane (25), were stopped while driving around Gugulethu with their car lights off.

The weapon was found in the glove compartment.

He was released on R800 bail.

A week later, Shumane was shot dead in the township.

Tyibilika was 32 years old.

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