A 50-year-old Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor in George, Southern Cape has burnt to death after being trapped inside his burning home in Thembalethu on Sunday morning.
Lulamile Xesi’s house was razed to the ground in Thembalethu; the cause of which is still unknown.
Ward 11 councillor, Lulamile Xesi, was in his house when the fire started. Xesi is survived by his wife, Nolusapho and three children.
“Executive Mayor for George, Melvin Naik, today expressed his shock at the sudden passing of councillor Lulamile Xesi who lost his life in a house fire this morning,” says George Municipal spokesperson, Chantel Edwards-Klose.
Alderman Naik visited Xesi’s wife and children on Sunday morning and offered condolences to them and family and friends on behalf of the George City Council.
The DA’s Jaco Londt has extended the party’s condolences to the 50-Year old’s wife and three children.
“At this stage, it is unclear exactly what happened but what I can confirm is that we were told the terrible news that councilor Xesi’s house burnt down and he passed away while he was still in the house.”
Londt said an investigation is underway to find out the cause of the fire.
“The police indicate they will send a forensic expert there to investigate.”
Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato siad it was difficult to say at present whether Xesi’s death was an accident or the result of something more malicious.
Initial information was that a paraffin stove apparently caught alight and may have been bumped over, he said.
Xesi, 50, a former ANC councillor, was elected head of Ward 11 after the local government elections in August.
The DA extended its condolences to his family and friends.