Former DA councillor and businessman dies from gunshot wound

2010-11-22 00:00

FORMER Democratic Alliance councillor and prominent businessman Alexander Kimble (50) died in in the early hours of yesterday morning after he was shot in the chest in his Town Bush home.

At this stage, police believe his death to have been a suicide.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Kimble and his wife had been entertaining guests on Saturday evening, which went on until the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is believed that the couple had their relatives over to watch a rugby match.

Kimble’s 25-year-old wife told police that her husband had been drinking and had become violent.

She said she had fallen asleep and was woken up by her sister who wanted to be let out.

When the guests left, she is said to have gone back to sleep, although she was not in a deep sleep when she heard a gunshot go off, Jeevan said.

She allegedly rushed to the room and found her husband lying on the floor with his gun next to him.

Jeevan said the shooting happened at around 12.40 am.

“When she saw her husband lying on the floor she allegedly ran to the neighbours where police and an ambulance were called,” said Jeevan.

“He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

“At this stage, the death is believed to be a suicide. But an inquest has been opened and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Kimble is said to have died in hospital at around 5.15 am.

The DA caucus leader in Pietermartizburg, Bill Lambert, said Kimble served as one of his councillors about seven years ago.

He described Kimble as hard working.

Lambert was contacted just after he had received the news and did not know the details.

He said that when Kimble’s term ended, he did not run again because he wanted to devote his time to his business interests.

DA member of parliament Mark Steele said Kimble took over from him as ward councillor for the Ashburton and Hayfield areas.

“He was a very popular councillor because he was an enegertic person and that came through in his work. He was committed and very determined to make a difference in the residents’ lives and that made him a good councillor because the residents appreciated that,” said Steele.

The Wimpy restaurant in Scottsville is one of the businesses Kimble owned.

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