George Executive Mayor Melvin Naik expressed his shock at the sudden passing of councillor Luxamile Xesi, who died in a house fire on Sunday.
Naik visited Xesi’s wife and children, and offered condolences on behalf of the George City council, George Herald reported.
According to DA chairperson of the East Region Jaco Londt, the Western Cape minister of community safety confirmed that a forensics team from Cape Town would be joining the police in George to help with the investigation.
“Preliminary investigation by forensics experts, which includes an officer from our dog unit and fire brigade, suggests that the fire started inside the house and gradually spread to the rest of the house, leaving it totally destroyed,” Southern Cape police spokesperson Malcolm Pojie said.
“The owner’s body was later recovered.
“A friend who slept over at the deceased escaped with minor injuries through a window and was treated at the George Hospital,” Pojie said.
Xesi served as an ANC Councillor from 2000 until 2006 before joining the DA as a member and activist in 2013. He played a key role in the DA win in Ward 11 for the first time. He was elected as a DA councillor in the 2016 local government elections.
“The strides that the DA has made in Ward 11, specifically in places like Thembalethu, is largely owed to councillor Xesi’s dedication and hard work. We will remember his legacy,” Londt said.
Xesi was 50 years old and is survived by his wife, Nolusapho, and their three children, Lathitha, Lukhanyo and Zintle.
– Caxton News Service