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.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.