“The Democratic Alliance is devastated by the tragic and needless death of one of its most beloved public representatives, councillor Ken Denysschen,” Member of the Provincial Legislature Sizwe Mchunu said in a statement.
“The heartfelt condolences and empathy of the DA… go out to councillor Denysschen’s close family, his two sons and daughter, who we will visit today. May God be with you and comfort you in this very difficult time.”
The incident happened on Thursday afternoon ahead of the by-elections on November 26.
The Mpofana municipality falls under the Umgeni constituency.
Denysschen served as a councillor in the municipality since 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,” said Mchunu.
“He was 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 in the Mpofana Ratepayers and Residents Association.”