FILE - Muzilikazi Manyike of SA Schools evades a challenge from England U18’s Joshua Hallett during their Aon U18 International Series rugby match at SACS School in Cape Town in 2018. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
FILE - Muzilikazi Manyike of SA Schools evades a challenge from England U18’s Joshua Hallett during their Aon U18 International Series rugby match at SACS School in Cape Town in 2018. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Former SA Schools captain Muzi Manyike found dead

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Feb 16, 2021

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CAPE TOWN – Former SA Schools captain Muzilikazi Manyike, who has been missing since late last year, has ended in tragedy after his body was identified by family at the Ga-Rankuwa police station.

The 20-year-ol Manyike disappeared last year, which resulted in his ommission from the Lions successful Under-21 campaign.

According to Sport24, a family spokesperson confirmed Manyike’s body had been identified, but that a cause of death was still not known at this stage.

Manyike, who was st to join the national sevens academy in January, was reportedly found on the R101 near Hammanskraal on 20 November, two days after he was last seen on CCTV footage in Pretoria North.

“The family is working with the South African Police Service to establish the circumstances surrounding his death. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the South African society as a whole.

Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli said: “On behalf of myself, our chairman, Mr Altmann Allers and everyone in Lions Rugby, I want to send out deepest sympathies to the Manyike family. We honestly cannot believe it and it’s hard to find words right now.”

The former Jeppe Boys High Head Boy has played age group rugby for the Lions at every level, and was in line play for the Baby Boks in 2020.

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