Struggle veteran dies

2015-10-13 06:00
Bennie Bunsee (in the middle) at the first South Road candlelight vigil earlier this year.

Bennie Bunsee (in the middle) at the first South Road candlelight vigil earlier this year.

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Bennie Bunsee, a political commentator and journalist and former executive member of the Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers’ Association died on Saturday.

Bunsee would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 22 October.

Resident Darron Arouja says Bunsee made Wynberg his home when he returned from exile under apartheid, and lived in Prospect Hill Road.

Bunsee had open-heart surgery only a short while ago, but was readmitted to hospital with post-surgery complications.

Raised in Chesterville, Durban, Bunsee was a struggle veteran. As a teenager he taught himself to type so as to follow his dream of a career in journalism, focusing especially on politics.

Bunsee served on the first Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (WRRA) executive committee, having regularly attended public meetings to assist with the formation of the Association. Bunsee was particularly outspoken against crime in Wynberg and was a member of the WRRA’s first community safety subcommittee.

He regularly attended public meetings convened by the WRRA, and openly voiced his support for the Association against the “controversial” BRT route.

Bunsee attended the first candlelight vigil held by the SRFA against the BRT route in February, and walked the route of the evictions, before he and others addressed the gathering.

He is survived by his nephew Michael, who moved to Cape Town to assist Bunsee over the period of his illness. He is further survived by family in Durban and in Manchester, England.

A thorough, dignified gentleman, he was a special friend to his neighbours in Prospect Hill and Mountain View roads and will be very much missed.

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