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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.

Ronnie Mamoepa and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

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.

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)