‘Ronnie Mamoepa stood for excellence’

Opposition parties have paid tribute to well-respected government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa who has died at the age of 56.

Well-respected government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have paid tribute to well-respected government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa who has died at the age of 56.

Mamoepa passed away on Saturday night having spent several weeks in hospital after a stroke.

He spent five years on Robben Island during the 1980’s and served in the African National Congress (ANC) and various departments in government.

At the time of his death, he was Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson.

Congress of the People (Cope)’s Mosiuoa Lekota says, “He was serious minded. He studied and learned. And when we came out of jail he continued to excel. He’s been an excellent example of how adversity can be turned into an advantage.”

The Democratic Alliance's Refiloe Ntsekhe says Mamoepa stood for excellence.

“It’s saddening for us and we particularly want to send condolences to his family and loved ones. He was one of those people that actually stood for excellence in South Africa.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)