Mooi River DA councillor electrocuted putting up election poster

2014-11-07 00:00

FORMER Mooi River councillor Ken Denysschen was electrocuted while putting up an election poster on a lamppost yesterday.

Denysschen, who had long fought over the collapsing infrastructure in his hometown, had been an outspoken critic of the dysfunctional Mpofana Municipality. The council was dissolved and placed under administration by Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube after being plagued by a series of labour unrest incidents, community protests and serious financial difficulties, including disruptions of the N3.

Denysschen, a DA councillor who was part of the dissolved council, was expected to contest by-elections to be held on November 26 to elect a new council and was putting up a campaign poster when he was electrocuted. The incident is believed to have happened at about 5pm. Late last night a group of devastated DA members was still waiting at the scene for the mortuary van to arrive.

MP and Mooi/Mpofana constituency leader Greg Krumbock said the DA was devastated by the tragic and needless death of one of its most beloved public representatives.

He said Denysschen had served in the Mpofana council 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,” Krumbock said.

He described Denysschen as 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… as a councillor”. “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.”

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