Thursday, 6 November 2014

POLITICS: Death of KZN Councillor Ken Denysschen

Democratic Alliance media statement by: Sizwe Mchunu, MPL – DA KZN Leader, Greg Krumbock MP – DA Mooi Umgeni Constituency MP

7 November 2014
Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance is devastated by the tragic and needless death of one of its most beloved public representatives, Councillor Ken Denysschen. Councillor Denysschen was electrocuted while erecting posters ahead of the Mpofana elections scheduled for 26 November.

Ken Denysschen was a councillor in the Mpofana Municipality where he had served with distinction since his election in 2011. He was a very rare person indeed, someone who had a great love of life and infected everyone he met with his boundless enthusiasm and bright hope for the future.

He was a virtual icon in the North Midlands area, being utterly dedicated to the community and getting to know scores of residents through his unrelenting service in the Mpofana Ratepayers and Residents Association, support of community associations and more recently as a councillor.

Attending a public meeting or information table with him was a humbling experience, as he seemed to know every single person there and they, in turn, had the utmost respect and appreciation for Ken's never-ending efforts on their behalf.

As a public representative, Ken Denysschen fought a brave battle as the lone DA councillor in Mpofana trying to root out corruption and improve service delivery. He was just beginning to achieve a measure of success when his cruel death cut short his work.

The heartfelt condolences and empathy of the DA in KZN, and nationally, go out to Councillor Denysschen's close family, his two sons and daughter, who we will visit today. May God be with you and comfort you in this very difficult time.

Sandy Bigara

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