Slain DA councillor’s hard work for the party praised
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.
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.