Rugby fraternity rocked by deaths

2016-08-18 06:00
 Zandisiile Phillips photographed with Makhaya Ntini during an awards ceremony in town.

Zandisiile Phillips photographed with Makhaya Ntini during an awards ceremony in town.

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The rugby fraternity is mourning the deaths of two players who died within a space of a week.

Busy Bee’s Vulisango Solomon and Zandisile Buster Phillips died last week.

Solomon was injured during a game in 2005, an incident which left him paralysed. A month ago the club held a rugby day in his honour.

“As the Western Province Rugby family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and wish the Lord brings them much need comfort and peace during their time of bereavement.

“I further wish to extend my appreciation to the Busy Bees Rugby club for their loyal and continued support to Vulisango and his family since that fateful day in 2005,” said Thelo Wakefield who is the president of WP Rugby Football Union.

Solomon will be buried on Saturday in the King Williamstown.

Meanwhile Lagunya RFC held a memorial service for Buster at the Presybeterian Church in Nyanga on Wednesday night.

According to Louis Mzomba Buster who worked as a traffic officer for the City of Cape Town succumbed to injuries sustained at work last week.

“These news came as a huge shock to our club and community, this as he had been an incredible contributor to social upliftment wherever he has been.

“He certainly will be missed on and off the rugby turf, as he had been on our club executive committee after his playing days,” said Mzomba.

Buster will be buried in Port Elizabeth on Saturday August 27.

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