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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

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.

It is understood that a lone man 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.

He served as a councillor for eight years.

We will do all we can and work with the authorities to ensure that the perpetrator is brought to book and faces the full might of the law.

The City is offering a reward of R50 000 for any information that leads to the arrest and successful conviction of the person responsible for this horrific crime.

Last night we also received the news of Ward 37 (Nyanga) councillor, Templeton Mgxekeni, who passed away in hospital after being critically ill for the past few months.

Councillor Templeton served as a councillor for 13 years in various terms of office. We extend our condolences to the ANC for their loss.

These are two great losses for the City and the communities they served.

We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of bereavement.

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