'Bok murder no coincidence'

2011-11-14 09:01
Solly Tyibilika (Getty Images)
Cape Town – In the wake of former Springbok flank, Solly Tyibilika's murder, reports suggest that the fatal shooting was in fact no coincidence.

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According to the Daily Voice, Tyibilika was at a local drinking hotspot in the New Crossroads township at around 14:20 on Sunday afternoon when two gunmen walked up behind him while he was drinking and shot him in a rain of gunfire.

“I was in the kitchen when I heard the gunshots, then when I went to check what happened, Solly was injured, but (then) he died on the scene ,” the owner of the shebeen told the tabloid.

The owner could not confirm the number of gunmen who entered the premises.

Another witness recalls how one of the gunmen instructed him to move out of the way and said that Tyibilika was targeted.

“One of them came to me and told me to ‘move to the side’. He said he wasn’t here to shoot me, but Solly who was sitting behind me,” said the unidentified witness.

“I ran and went under the table and then I heard them shooting too many rounds to count.

“After that they left, but I was too scared to move and I could hear him (Tyibilika) struggle to breathe.

“I waited until people came to see what happened and ran to my car and went home.

“This was not a robbery because they left all the other patrons alive and killed him – there was no conversation, they just shot him,” he added.

“And Solly clearly didn’t expect it because he didn’t show any sign of fear while sitting there.”

It is further reported that two other patrons in the shebeen were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.

Tyibilika, along with Sandile Maqungu and Simon Shumane, were arrested last month after police stopped Tyibilika’s vehicle after noticing he was driving without his headlights switched on, they then found a firearm hidden in his glove compartment.

They appeared in Athlone Magisrates’ Court on October 19, where they were charged with the illegal possession of a firearm. Tyibilika was released on bail of R800. A week after their release, Shumane was fatally gunned down.

Meanwhile, no suspects have been arrested in connection with Tyibilika’s murder, which was confirmed by SAPS spokesperson, Captain Frederick van Wyk.

“Yesterday (Sunday), two unidentified men entered a tavern in a New Crossroads, in Gugulethu, and shot at the people inside,” he said.

“They then ran out and one was seen jumping into a cockroach taxi and another ran in to the direction of KTC.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call Crime Stop on 086 00 10111.

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