Tyibilika killing may have been a hit

2011-11-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The police declined yesterday to comment on rumours that former Sharks and Springbok player Solly Tyibilika was the target of the shooting in a Gugulethu tavern that killed him in the early hours of Sunday.

It was initially reported as a random shooting.

A Western Cape police spokesperson told Die Burger the investigation is ongoing and no one has been arrested.

Tyibilika (32), who was originally from the Eastern Cape, died in a hail of bullets when two unknown men walked into a tavern at about 2.20 am and starting shooting. Two other people were wounded.

The rugby community has reacted to his death with shock.

SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement it was distressing to lose Tyibilika in such a sudden and brutal way. “The disrespect for life in our community is shocking,” he said.

He added that Tyibilika’s progress as a rugby player was an example of what can happen when talent and opportunity combine in a place in the Springbok team. “I remember a very talented player and a young man everyone liked.”

Several Springboks expressed their shock in Twitter postings yesterday. Victor Matfield wrote: “We have such a great country if only we could get rid of shocking deeds”.

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