Death of DA’s Peter Barnard

2008-07-02 00:00

Democratic Alliance councillor Peter Barnard (73), who served in the uMgungundlovu District Council, died of a heart attack yesterday morning.

Condolences to his family poured in yesterday from political parties that he served with at council and from DA leader Helen Zille.

The party’s caucus leader in the district municipality, Sizwe Mchunu, said Barnard was a humble and principled member of the DA who was loyal to the party.

He said he was asked by Zille to pass a message of condolence to the Barnard family.

“He was an active member of the DA. We send our sincere condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by the entire DA membership and by the councillors he served with at the district council,” said Mchunu.

District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said they are saddened by Barnard’s sudden death, describing him as a dedicated and honest councillor who “candidly exposed” his views within council.

“I’ve known him for many years and the most striking feature was his honesty and sincerity in the discharge of his responsibilities. He will be sorely missed,” said Bhamjee.

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Patrick Bhengu sent the party’s “sincere condolences to his family. Bernard was dedicated to his work and contributed at council”.

Barnard served the Democratic Party in the then Indlovu Regional Council. He was regarded as a stalwart in his party and fellow members saluted him for the “major role he played and great contribution” he made in the DA.

He will be buried on July 9 after a service at the Church of the Ascension in Hilton.

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