City looses two Cllrs to death

2017-06-29 06:01
Councillor Xolile Gwangxu was gunned down, in Philippi East, last Wednesday.

Councillor Xolile Gwangxu was gunned down, in Philippi East, last Wednesday.

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The killing of councillor Xolile Gwangxu last Wednesday nigh has left friends and relatives shattered.

He was killed in Philippi East.

Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille pledged a reward of about R50 000 for anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest and successful conviction of the person/s responsible for the killing.

“It is with shock and great sorrow that we mourn Philippi East councillor, Xolile Gwangxu, who was shot and killed while leaving his office last night (Wednesday).

It is understood that a lone gunman walked up to Councillor Gwangxu and shot him. He died on the scene.

I am devastated by this tragedy as Councillor Gwangxu was a dedicated, hard-working servant to his community. He served with distinction, with the matters of the community always close to his heart. This is a tremendous loss to the City of Cape Town. We have been robbed of a great community leader,” the statement said.

Colonel Bheki Xulu, communications officer at Philippi East Police Station, said they were investigating a case of murder and that no arrest had been made by Tuesday.

Gwangxu, who was a member of Democratic Alliance (DA), served as a councillor for eight years.

Jonginkosi Dlakana, Gwangxu’s brother-in-law, who spoke on behalf of the family, said this was a great loss for the family.

“It is very painful, but we have to be strong. We hope that the law will take its course. We will not give up that the suspect will be arrested,” Dlakana said.

Tandeka Gqada DA Member of Parliament (MP) took to Facebook on Thursday to raise her shock.

“I woke up this morning with an excruciating headache and saddened by the death of Cllr Xolile Gwangxu. May his soul Rest In Peace.??

Friends, this took place in front of me, this ruthless and gruesome killer gunshot(sic) him while we were talking outside his office, with Cllr Siqhamo Batala. This heartless person took nothing from him, he came straight to and shot him at close range. I am still shocked and traumatized to witness my colleague lying there defenceless(sic). What a humble person!”

Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee Executive Management Team also express his grieving on Facebook on Thursday.

“You fought crime and corruption to the end. We will continue from where you left. I pay a tribute to the life of the late Cllr Xolile Gwangxu. His departure was quick and unexpected. He was a diligent PR Councillor, Father, Brother, Uncle, and son of South Africa. Cllr Xolile Gwangxu was a very fair person and stood up his ground, always. I condemn his brutal killing in the strongest terms possible ever. I demand that justice be done for him,”

The Philippi Economic Development Initiative (PEDI) also described the Gwangxu’s killing as a great loss.

“PEDI is deeply distressed by the loss of a leading member of the Philippi community, Councillor Xolile Gwangxu, who has given so much to the people of the area through his work as a Director of PEDI and as a highly regarded and trusted Councillor.

Cllr Gwangxu served for 6 years as a member of the PEDI board and his contribution to PEDI’s mission to facilitate the transformation of Philippi, of this historically much-neglected neighbourhood of Cape Town has been unstintingly enthusiastic,” the statement said.

PEDI said he maintained a reputation as an individual who could bring calm into the many stormy and unsettled issues which so frequently arise in neighbourhoods such as Philippi.

“His ability as a peace-maker is a sad loss and will be deeply felt by civil society for many years to come as a result of his untimely death,” it continued.

A memorial service for Gwangxu was due to take place on Wednesday.

His funeral will be held in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, on Saturday.

.The city also raised their sadness for the passing away of Councillor Templeton Mgxekeni, of Ward 37, in Nyanga. Mgxekeni, who served as councillor for 13 years in various terms of officer, died in hospital after being critically ill for the past few months, last Wednesday. Mgxekeni’s funeral was due to take place in Mthatha, on Sunday.

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