Cogta to probe Mooi River DA shock

2014-11-11 00:00

THE death of former Mooi River DA councillor Ken Denysschen is being investigated by the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

Denysschen was electrocuted last Thursday while putting up an election poster on a lamp post. Upset residents blamed his death on the failing infrastructure in the town after allegations that there was a live wire hanging from the lamp post.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso warned the public against jumping to premature conclusions.

Mabaso said the department was concerned that “some individuals and political parties were jumping to conclusions and making reckless statements before the incident could be properly investigated”.

“We urge everyone to show respect to the grieving family at this difficult time,” he said.

Mabaso said this was a time for expressing empathy with the grieving family and the community. “It was not a time for apportioning blame without factual evidence or gaining political capital on such a human tragedy.”

He said that members of the Mpofana Municipality visited the family on Friday and will continue to support the family.

He added that Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube reacted to the tragedy with sadness and with a willingness to investigate its circumstances.

There will be a memorial service for Denysschen tomorrow at 2 pm at Weston Agricultural College at Mooi River.

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