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City of CT offers R50k reward for information after councillor killed

Democratic Alliance councillor Xolile Gwangxu was gunned down following a meeting at a local community hall last night.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille  (L) pictured with the late Democratic Alliance councillor Xolile Gwangxu. Picture: Twitter/@PatriciaDeLille

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is offering a R50,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest and the conviction in connection with the murder of a Philippi-East ward councillor.

Democratic Alliance Councillor Xolile Gwangxu was gunned down following a meeting at a local community hall last night.

It's unclear whether the attack was politically motivated.

Gwangxu was standing with a group of people outside his office following a meeting when a gunman approached.

The city says the suspect shot Gwangxu in the head and fled the scene.

The city's Zara Nicholson says they are devastated.

“It’s a big loss to the city and the community he served. We extend our condolences to his family and fellow councillors.”

Nicholson has described Gwangxu as a dedicated and hardworking servant to his community.

She adds: “We can’t speculate and don’t know the reason for this shooting, but we’ll be working closely with SAPS to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)