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SASCOC mourns death of rugby ace

South African sports governing body SASCOC has joined the nation in mourning the loss of Springbok rugby player Solomzi “Solly” Tyibilika.

Tyibilika, 32, was killed in a shooting incident at a Cape Town tavern on Sunday.

The Port Elizabeth-born flank forward made his Springbok debut against Scotland in 2004 and scored a try in the same game. He went on to win a total of eight caps and scored three tries.

He also played for the Griquas, Lions and Sharks provincial rugby teams.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam paid tribute to Tybilika on his return from the Caribbean where he was voted in as vice-president of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“The death of Solly came as a shock to us at SASCOC, because he was such a prominent rugby player,” said Sam. “His sudden death leaves a void in his club as well as the other structures that he has been involved in.

“It has been a bad year for South African sport both on and off the field in terms of bereavements  we have lost many fine sportsmen, women and administrators.

“I’m sure the whole of the South African sporting family will join me in sending condolences to his family in this sad time in their lives. Once again we call on all our people to help our police to root out violent behaviour in the places where we stay.”

SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy also had words of support. “This is an extremely sad moment for Solly’s family to have to endure. They can rest assured that we feel their pain and are thinking of them in their time of grieving.”


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