Farewell to DA leader

2014-11-13 00:00

KEN Denysschen was killed by the very thing he spent the better part of the past few years of his life fighting against.

This is according to his colleague, MP Greg Krumbock, who paid tribute to him after a memorial service yesterday.

The DA leader in Mooi River was electrocuted last week while putting up campaign posters. It’s believed he came in contact with a live wire.

His death is currently the subject of a police investigation.

Hundreds of people paid their last respects to him at a memorial service held at the Weston Agricultural College yesterday. The service was a sombre event with no political speeches or blame games.

The DA provincial leadership led by Sizwe Mchunu attended the service and party leader Helen Zille sent her condolences through Krumbock.

At the service, Denysschen’s girlfriend, Lisa Clark was inconsolable and had to be assisted to the podium by friends.

His two sons Sean and Brandon consoled each other as friends and family all stood up to honour their father.

Speaking to The Witness after the memorial service, Krumbock said it was tragic and ironic that Denysschen was killed by the crumbling infrastructure, the very thing he was fighting against in Mooi River. Krumbock credited Denysschen for building up DA structures in both the town and the Bruntville township, where he was once chased out by a panga-wielding crowd.

“Ken was utterly non-racial … he transformed the DA in Mooi River,” Krumbock said.

“Only Ken Denysschen could cheerfully put up posters in Bruntville in 2014 after being chased out by panga wielding thugs in 2011 … He changed Bruntville from a no-go area to an emerging Denysschen stronghold.”

He described Denysschen as a strong, forthright leader who inspired people.

This was echoed by one of Denysschen’s friend, Richard Fischer.

“If we needed something, we called Ken. If there was no electricity, we called Ken.

“He did not say ‘I will phone around and see what I can do’, he did something. He was the go-to guy here in Mooi River.”

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