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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Solly Tyibilika, South African rugby player, died from a gunshot he was 32.

Solomzi "Solly" Tyibilika [1] was a South African rugby union footballer, who played as a flanker for the Lions in the international Super 14 competition in his last years died from a gunshot he was 32.. He was the first black person (not white or mixed race[2]) to score a test try for the South Africa national rugby union team.

(23 June 1979 – 13 November 2011)


Tyibilika was born in Port Elizabeth[6] and educated at the Loyiso High School.[citation needed] While at high school he started playing rugby union, making his professional debut in 2001 with Griquas.[5]
Tyibilika played for Springbok 'A' in 2004. In November of that year he made his debut for the Springboks in a match against Scotland at Murrayfield playing at flank. South Africa won the match 45–10. He scored on his debut.[5] He played in a subsequent test against Argentina in Buenos Aires, which the Springboks won 39–7.
Tyibilika next played for the Springboks the following season in June, where he played against Uruguay, which the Springboks won 134–3. He then played a subsequent test against the Wallabies in the 2005 Tri Nations Series, which the Springboks won 33–20 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. He earned one other cap that year against Argentina in Buenos Aires in November. He was named in the Springboks' 2006 Tri Nations Series squad.
Tyibilika was part of the Southern Kings squad that played against the British and Irish Lions, in the Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.[citation needed]
In the 2011 season, which would turn out to be his last, he played for Hamiltons in Cape Town.[5]
Tyibilika scored 24 tries for Griquas, Sharks, Lions and Border, appearing 158 times.[5]

Personal life

Tyibilika was not married and had four children.[5]


Tyibilika was shot dead in a tavern in the township of Gugulethu, near Cape Town, shortly after 2pm on 13 November 2011.[1][7] Witnesses reported Tyibilika had his back turned to the entrance and was on his telephone when two gunmen fired ten rounds in the door. Tyibilika was found to be lying lifeless in his own blood on the floor after the incident.[8]
Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SARU, said, "Solly was a trailblazer among black African Springboks. To lose him so suddenly and in this brutal manner is very distressing. The casual disregard for life in our society is shocking."[9] Hoskins also said, "His emergence was a demonstration of what can be achieved when talent is combined with opportunity in what is always a very competitive position in Springbok rugby".[5] There were pleas for donations for a burial, with his last club Hamiltons offering to help his family.[10][11] Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula told Parliament two days after the murder that Tyibilika had done his country proud.[12]

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