A cartoonist with a sense of humor, Weyni Deysel first worked as a train driver and studied theology before he became a part of of the newspaper group, Perskor. Here he learned under the well known cartoonist Len Lindeque. He even adopted Lindeque’s signature worm in his own works. After Perskor, Deysel was able to establish a name for himself at newspapers like Rapport, Vaderland, the Sunday Times, and the Citizen.
As was in his nature, Deysel’s work was always full of humor, but never any hatred. He enjoyed using more traditional tools such as brushes for creating his works. He enjoyed keeping up with current events and enjoyed politics making him someone who always read newspapers. Deysel’s works range from editorial cartoons to illustrations and he has won a variety of awards.
1983 Standard Bank Cartoonist of the Year.
1984 Standard Bank Cartoonist of the Year.
1985 Standard Bank Cartoonist of the Year.
1989 Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenegings (FAK) Prize.
2001 ABSA Dolphin Prize
2009 Gauteng Region of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award (Cartoonist Category)
Sadly, on May 15, 2010, Deysel lost his battle with depression after taking his own life just one day after his 59th birthday.