Obituary: KZN journos mourn adventurous news man

2008-02-19 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal journalists are mourning the death of well-known news writer Chris Jenkins.

Jenkins died on Sunday after suffering a stroke on Friday.

He was rushed to hospital in Richards Bay, and then transferred to Durban, where he was pronounced dead. He was 53 years old. He is survived by his wife Sue and two children, David (16) and Amy (13).

Jenkins, or Jenks as he was fondly nicknamed, matriculated from St Charles College and joined The Witness in 1973. He also worked for the Rand Daily Mail and the Daily News before moving to the Independent group in the early 1980s, where he worked for the Mercury, first in Pietermaritzburg and then later in Empangeni. He was the son of Canon David Jenkins.

Long-time colleague and friend, Witness reporter Ingrid Oellermann, said Jenkins had all the qualities good journalists aspire to.

“He had great integrity and his work was always well-researched, accurate and fair. Through all the stories he covered, Chris never lost his sense of compassion for those he wrote about.”

Oellermann described Jenkins as having an adventurous spirit.

“He was drawn to sports like windsurfing and yachting and was keen on aviation too.”

Jenkins’s wife, Sue, said he played eight musical instruments.

His funeral will take place in Empangeni on Friday.

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