Slain DA coun­cil­lor’s hard work for the party praised

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TSHEGO LEPULE

TRIB­UTES were paid to DA coun­cil­lor Xo­lile Gwangxu dur­ing a prayer ser­vice in Mitchells Plain yes­ter­day.

Gwangxu was shot dead on Wed­nes­day evening af­ter at­tend­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing in Philippi East.

He was shot in the head by an un­known as­sailant who fled the scene.

Police spokesper­son FC van Wyk said no ar­rests were made and that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der way.

The city has of­fered a re­ward of R50 000 for any in­for­ma­tion that would lead to an ar­rest.

At the prayer meet­ing held in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, the DA’s Nceba Hi­nana hon­oured Gwangxu as one of the first black peo­ple to join the DA when it was not pop­u­lar to do so.

He crit­i­cised the party for not prop­erly recog­nis­ing the work put in by Gwangxu and his years of ser­vice to the party.

“How can Xo­lile not be recog­nised, why does the party not recog­nise his con­tri­bu­tion?

“Wher­ever you go, peo­ple knew him – from Gugulethu to Khayelit­sha, but at the time of his death he was an or­di­nary PR coun­cil­lor, but there are oth­ers who came af­ter him who were recog­nised quickly,” he said.

“It was not easy to be a DA mem­ber those times, but Xo­lile was. Is the party ap­pre­ci­at­ing that? That is what makes this whole thing so sad.

“It is not right that peo­ple work like don­keys, but when it is time to eat, it is the horses that eat.”

Speak­ing of the night of Gwangxu’s mur­der, Hi­nana said he had at­tended the same meet­ing, but left ear­lier, only to be called back and told his friend and col­league had been mur­dered.

Hi­nana has called on any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the mur­der to ap­proach police, and also re­quested that peo­ple not spec­u­late around the mo­tive of the mur­der.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife over the mo­tive be­hind the killing af­ter it emerged that Gwangxu was the only one tar­geted among three peo­ple and that he was not robbed.

“We are say­ing we will not make any spec­u­la­tions, we will let police in­ves­ti­gate. I am mak­ing a pub­lic call that who­ever has any in­for­ma­tion can as­sist police.”

“It is not for us as the DA to say if this was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated or not. We don’t want to cre­ate any doubts by spec­u­lat­ing and not go­ing to police.

“We want the police to be the ones to tell us the mo­tive be­hind the Xo­lile’s killing,” said Hi­nana.

Health MEC No­mafrench Mbombo said the DA would al­ways sup­port Gwangxu’s wi­dow and their fam­ily.

Clutch­ing her chil­dren, Gwangxu’s wi­dow Si­manye was vis­i­bly dis­traught as peo­ple con­soled her.

An of­fi­cial memo­rial ser­vice has been sched­uled for Wed­nes­day at 2pm at the Philippi East Com­mu­nity Hall, where Gwangxu was killed.

He will be buried in KwaDlane, near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape this Fri­day.

PIC­TURE: BHEKI RADEBE

A prayer ser­vice was held in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, to pay trib­ute to DA coun­cil­lor Xo­lile Gwangxu, who was shot and killed af­ter a com­mu­nity meet­ing in Philippi East last week.

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