South Africans react to Ronnie Mamoepa’s death
The 56-year-old is a former political prisoner and was a member of the Gauteng provisional legislature.
JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa is being remembered as a liberation fighter and a distinguished government communicator.
Mamoepa passed away on Saturday at a Pretoria hospital after complications arising from a stroke he suffered last month.
The 56-year-old is a former political prisoner and was a member of the Gauteng provisional legislature. He also served in the ANC and various departments in government.
At the time of his death, he served as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson.
Government officials, politicians and journalists taken to social media this morning to pay tribute to the Mamoepa.
Truly saddened by the passing of Ronnie Mamoepa. He was a consummate professional with integrity, intelligence, humor and kindness.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) July 23, 2017
I started working in the public service with the man Ronnie Mamoepa in GAUTENG Premier Office in 1994 pic.twitter.com/cKkqdCXYM9— phumla williams (@mirriamp) July 22, 2017
We woke up to the sad news of the passing of Ronnie Mamoepa, a cadre, communicator & dedicated servant of our people #RIPRonnieMamoepa— MinPresidencyRadebe (@radebe_jeff) July 23, 2017
Comrades. We just received the sad news from that Comrade Ronnie Mamoepa is no more. He passed early this evening about 25 minutes ago.— phillip david dexter (@phillipdexter) July 22, 2017
I am saddened to hear about the passing of my brother, Ronnie Mamoepa last night,after visiting him in hospital on Friday. Rest in Peace— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) July 23, 2017
Mamoepa was jailed in the 1980's as a teenager in Robben Island by the apartheid government.
He worked for various government departments, including the International Relations and Home Affairs. He was also the head of communication for the ANC regional executive committee.
Both President Jacob Zuma and Ramaphosa have expressed sadness following his death and have sent their condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)