Two members of the Stellenbosch Town Council passed away from Covid-19, only three days apart.
EFF Councilor Derrick Hendrickse (55) passed away at the Stellenbosch Mediclinic on Monday, 4 January 2021. On Thursday, 7 January 2021, DA Councilor Manie Pietersen (64) passed away at the same hospital.
An EFF spokesperson, Wandile Kasibe, said that the party has lost a true leader of society and hard worker who always put the interest of the community first.
Hendrikse served in the council since 2011.
According to Clr Pietersen’s family, he was tested for Covid-19 on admittance to Stellenbosch Mediclinic. He passed away before receiving the positive result.
Councilor Pietersen, who joined the council in 2016, was the Mayoral Committee Member for Youth, Culture and Sport.
A statement by Stellenbosch Municipality described Councillor Pietersen a “passionate council member dedicated to the promotion of opportunities for the young people in our community. His passion and positive energy will be greatly missed.”
Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer said: “I am shattered and heartbroken that our dear Councilor Manie passed away. He was one of the kindest, most dedicated, caring persons I have known.”
Text: Editorial Desk | Images: Stellenbosch Municipality