'Bok murder no coincidence'

2011-11-14 09:01

Cape Town – In the wake of former Springbok flank, Solly Tyibilika's murder, reports suggest that the fatal shooting was in fact no coincidence.

VIDEO: Rest in Peace Solly Tyibilika

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.


  • Matthew - 2011-11-14 09:21

    Whats a cockroach taxi?

      Andre - 2011-11-14 09:26

      Taxi full of cockroaches perhaps????

      Dirkie - 2011-11-14 09:29

      As far as I know, it's small run-down civilian vehicle (not a mini-bus) that's used as a taxi inside the townships.

      nangamso1 - 2011-11-14 09:29

      Small Taxis (amaphela) a nguni name in english cockroach.

      lungelo.yili - 2011-11-14 09:52

      TOYOTA CRESSIDA's which are the main local transport in gugulethu, nyanga. mostly unroadworthy and driven by rascals who are mostly under-age and probably got no licenses. things are like tanks tho, engine never dies and the body is virtually indestructible

      Koos - 2011-11-14 11:04

      a cockroach taxi, is any taxi transporting wepwe/stormer supporters

      Hell - 2011-11-14 11:39

      Toyota Avanza

      Matthew - 2011-11-14 12:27

      Thank you.

  • Rory - 2011-11-14 09:26

    Go Go investigatory journalists. This story seems to run a lot deeper than it first appeared. I wonder what Solly had gotten himself into?

      lungelo.yili - 2011-11-14 09:53

      don't know if the Daily Voice is the best source tho. but the facts will slowly emerge

  • Joseph - 2011-11-14 09:33

    this is so sad, i personally believe this an act of gangstar some where some how solly might be involved, never the less (RIP ) i still recall test matches against ITALY

      david.j.heimann - 2011-11-14 13:15

      ja joseph i agree very sad - and sadly from the story, it looks like solly and his buddies were involved - i hope i am wrong. Number 3 better be very careful indeed!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 16:15

      Of's someone elses fault..

  • David - 2011-11-14 09:33

    Is murder ever an accident?????????????? More great journalism !

      Tsholofelo - 2011-11-14 10:06

      the subject is misleading as shocked, they made it sound like one person was boosting around with a gun and accidentally, the gun went off...

  • Anthony - 2011-11-14 09:46

    why is KFC in the lime light the time

  • Jack - 2011-11-14 09:51

    "another ran in to the direction of KTC.” you mean KFC

      nikelom - 2011-11-14 10:58

      KTC, a location around Nyanga, Phillipi and Crossroads

      spookhuis - 2011-11-14 12:28

      "another ran in to the direction of KTC.” you mean KFC Clearly you are not from Cape Town.

  • Nick - 2011-11-14 10:01

    Firstly RIP. Secondly, the headline "murder was no accident" is retarded. Murder requires intent of the party doing it for it to be murder. Culpable homicide requires negligence . Therefore if there was an accident resulting in rugby players death, then it would be culpable homicide... And therefore if they intended to kill him it would be murder...

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-11-14 10:25

      @Nick Instead of trying to sound intelligent using pedantic wording ie "murder was no accident" you're missing the point and quite frankly you sound rather inept trying to impose your rather limited intellect, in other words you have failed miserably attempting to convey what little resemblance of a brain cell you have. Rather a pathetic attempt at trying to score points Nick regarding the true nature of the news at hand. Educate yourself Nick and read between the lines, sometimes the story at hand is more telling than your blatant profound narcissistic vanity. Get the picture professor?

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-11-14 10:33

      Believe it or not St Nick, the news may well be more important than you not to mention the death of Solly Tyibilika, which obviously you either fail to realise or perhaps you see yourself as more important. I pity you and especially Solly Tyibilika.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-14 10:45

      @sam. Relax man. It is to early in the week. RIP Solly and thank you for entertaining us. I always liked you. Condolences to family and friends. :'-(

      Grant - 2011-11-14 10:48

      @Sam - what's up YOUR backside?? “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 ,” See how the author/editor corrects the statement by adding a "then" in as if readers wouldn't be able to understand otherwise? As a reporter (or editor) you should be picking up on things like this...yet the headline (the most important part in terms of articles) is stupid. It should have read "Bok killing was no accident". Nick is not the first person to point out that "murder not an accident" is a dumb thing to say.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-11-14 11:04

      @Grant and DuToitCoetzee - , if you look at Nick's FB profile you'll clearly see his credentials/record which 'proudly' states his standing. Productive criticism, if a Maori boy can easily debate a supposedly academic wannabee not to mention his/her grammar then why not. I'm not the one scoring points here.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-14 11:28

      @Sam. Ai Sam, I think you make too much out of it. I checked his profile and saw nothing that you talking off. Maybe I am "dof", but lets rather leave it at that. The story is about the late Solly and lets respect it in that light.

      Nick - 2011-11-14 12:07

      @ Sam, chill out dude, I am only being sincere when I say that he should rest in peace. And I was also just pointing out that (before the article's headline was changed) the headline reads as incorrect in terms of the law.

      Kraken - 2011-11-14 16:02

      @Sam Nick makes a 100% logically correct statement. You try to use intent and emotions in your argument - which might be relevant to the article, but not to Nick's comment. It actually looks like Nick is more intelligent and educated than you.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 16:16

      Careful everyone.....sam is the policeman of news24. Dare to cross him at your peril.

  • warren.groves - 2011-11-14 10:05

    @Matthew - a cockroach taxi is a township taxi, usually a Toyota Cressida or similar sedan, they'll charge a flat rate (something like R5) to take you anywhere in the township.

  • tinaanddanie - 2011-11-14 10:06

    A sad day for South African sport!!! There is absolutely no way I am ever returning to SA! Rest in peace Solly.

      Marnus - 2011-11-14 10:35

      Why do you even troll News24 if you're so blatantly anti SA. This was an execution, for some trouble he got HIMSELF into you noob.

      stshibudzi - 2011-11-14 10:37

      tinaa it must b wonderful living in a country whr thr is no murder, whr ppl jst die of sickness or old age. if i was u i would not return to planet earth either.

      tnteyi - 2011-11-14 13:06

      I'm glad...... we don't need ppl like you anyway.

      Go - 2011-11-15 10:43

      Tinaanddanie - Read your local papers then and dont bother with the news in the country you left

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      akhona.siswana - 2011-11-14 13:07

      Where is it you pop, its indeed in Gugulethu...

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-14 10:16

    Rest in peace, Solly. You were an excellent player and we were proud of you for becoming a Bok. May God Almighty take you to live with him forever, and may He comfort your loved ones.

  • Rudi - 2011-11-14 10:52

    The Humble Giant, He was the first Bok to make friends when I provided technical support to the group in 2005. He kicked my ass on the pool table the whole night long (Still have a photo of that)...RIP Solly. :-(

  • Cherelynn - 2011-11-14 10:52

    RIP Solly. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. We remember Solly when he played for the Sharks and even have a potrait of him. God speed!

  • sorryson3 - 2011-11-14 10:52

    To all Solly's relatives, friends and rugger mates ( there are many judging by all the bbm and cell messages this weekend ) sincere condolences. To the rugby powers that be, rugby skills on field MUST be complemented with LIFE skills off field as the loss of one of the fraternity in such tragic circumstances will come back to haunt, just watch the facts unfold in the next couple of weeks !!! That is why Ashwin Willemse must take a bow in setting a proud example for the youth and all rugger buggers in the world wide fraternity.

  • Raeez - 2011-11-14 10:54

    RIP Solly. Condolences to the Family and Friends...

  • Koos - 2011-11-14 10:55

    RIP Solly,A sad day for Rugby

  • sorryson3 - 2011-11-14 11:03

    RIP Solly and sincere condolences to his family and friends. To the powers that be, rugby skills on field have to be complemented with off field LIFE skills ( take a bow Ashwin Willemse ) in an endeavour to preserve and uphold all the traditions of Bok rugby. Let not the unfolding drama come back to haunt any one other than the deserving !!!

  • Joana - 2011-11-14 11:14

    Its always said that pple get involved in crime or bad things due to poverty but i have noticed a lot lately that pple with decent careers get involved in bad things from carjacking to drunken driving to possessing firearms illegally, is it self sabotage? I wonder!

  • Tom - 2011-11-14 11:18

    Rip Solly, You have been a great star that shined for many South Africans that wished to be like you on the sportfield.

  • Alan - 2011-11-14 11:46

    Para 2....'three gunmen' Para 3rd last......'two unidentified men entered a tavern' Q : What happened to no 3????

  • Paul - 2011-11-14 12:17

    You live by the sword, you die by the sword!!!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 17:22

      True words. Everyone is getting all sentimental but the hard truth is, he was arrested for having an unlicensed firearm in his vehicle......this is not the way a respected sportsman should be remembered or be behaving. Lets also not forget that he was fired by the Lions for not turning up at practice. Not one to idolise methinks.

  • Zukile - 2011-11-14 12:39

    cockroach taxi is a private cars (like tazz, mazd 626, kadett...old villent etc) used to transport people locally and do deliver a person from street to street. They are called cockroaches cause they are all over the place in the town ship and that they dont have a route and can pick anyone to anywhere in the township.

  • Feziwe - 2011-11-14 12:59

    hhm, sounds like some gangster thing...may he RIP.

  • Daniel - 2011-11-14 13:06

    Remember after a game at Newlands as a youngster when he visited with Griquas and getting an autograph afterwards, was so kind and funny... Wasnt the most physical flank but his heart made up for that...

  • tnteyi - 2011-11-14 13:06

    RIP Solly.....

  • Zion - 2011-11-14 14:33

    Firstly, Condolences to the family of Solly. Secondly: While the information on facebook may be in the public domain it is low, lousy and small minded to use that info to score a few millimetres. In fact it is despicable and indicates a low mentality. A have been the victim of this ploy several times and usually the perpetrator only uses info he/she can manipulate and lie about. A classical case of utter ignorance was stated by an unknown person bearing an African name. Because my name is Zion she/he adamantly assumed me to be a Jew irrespective of the fact I tried to tell her/he otherwise. Were I a friend of Sam.kaitawa he/she would be unfriended so fast he/she would not know what hit him/her. You make me sick.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-14 16:14

    After all the canaries were singing his praises yesterday it turns out that the 'darling' of Bok rugby was on the road to a life of crime and ruin. Aaaagh shame.

      sorryson3 - 2011-11-15 12:17

      and no doubt you, Sharkshoot, by the very generalisation of the word " DARLING " have scored the cheap brownie points !! Well done, oh by the way try to delve a little deeper into comments expressed, this is recommended for no other reason than for you to get some semblance of reasoning. Wait a moment ??? hey man, when compared to the likes of Jackie Selebi, Shabir Shaik, ET, the Rhino poachers, Juliaaas, and and and Ja Solly You Were A Darling

  • Phil - 2011-11-15 04:36

    All too many murders are being bizzarely excused by crime numbed south africans as being "hits" As if this somehow means that crime of this manner is not a personal threat to them. Apart from the fact that it is a terrible crime (sympathy to the family) it DOES affect ALL of us because the frequency and ease that this is done demonstrates how low we as a country have sunk.

  • Sibongile Motsamai - 2013-10-18 22:21

    Could we please just let him (Tyibilika) RIP !!

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