Police in Geroge has launched an investigation into a fire outbreak that killed a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Lulamile Xesi on Sunday morning.
The investigation was opened after it became unclear if the 50-year-old actually died following a fire explosion from a paraffin stove as was gathered from an earlier report.
A preliminary investigation by forensic experts which includes an officer from the 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.
That notwithstanding, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato insisted that “Officers would have to determine if this was true, and if so, who the stove belonged to and how the fire started.”
DA Reacts To The Death Of Lulamile Xesi
Asked if Xexi’s death could have been politically motivated, Plato said it is still too early to ascertain the cause of the councillor’s death. The MEC rather urged everyone to be calm until the SA Police Service shed light on the matter.
Reacting to the tragic news, DA Chairperson of the East Region, Jaco Londt; expressed sadness over the untimely passing of Councillor Lulamile.
In addition, Southern Cape Police Spokesperson, Malcolm Pojie told reporters that a friend; who spent the night at Councillor Lulamile (Lux) Xesi’s place is currently undergoing treatment at the George Hospital; after he luckily escaped through a window with minor injuries.
Xesi joined the DA in 2013 as a member and activist after his abrupt exit from the African National Congress (ANC). He served as an ANC councillor from 2000 until 2006. However, during the heavily-contested municipal election; Xesi was elected as a DA Councillor in the 2016 local government elections.
He was fondly remembered for making tremendous impacts in Ward II, and playing paramount roles in DA’s victory first-ever victory in the ward – specifically in places like Thembalethu.
Left to mourn him are his wife and three children.