Zuma declares special provincial official funeral for Mamoepa

Mamoepa passed away in a Pretoria hospital over the weekend after suffering from a stroke.

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

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has declared a special provincial official funeral for the late Ronnie Mamoepa.

Mamoepa passed away in a Pretoria hospital over the weekend after suffering from a stroke.

The government communicator was 56-years-old.

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

The presidency's Bongani Ngqulunga said: “He will fondly and forever be remembered for his humour and humility as well as the sterling work which he displayed during his extensive span in government, where he served various government departments and political principles and spokesmen with distinction until his untimely death.”

Zuma has described Mamoepa as a legend who had love and passion for his job.

Ngqulunga says: “Mr Mamoepa’s love and passion for communication well as his affable and engaging nature is legendary both inside and outside government.”

TRIBUTES CONTINUED TO POUR IN

Two days ago Eyewitness News reported that Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise expressed their deep sadness and shock at the passing of struggle stalwart and veteran communications practitioner.

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said Mamoepa was a loyal servant and an activist, who had dedicated his life to fighting the then unjust system of apartheid.

He said Parliament extended its sincerest and heartfelt sympathies to the Mamoepa family, his friends and comrades.

“He played a pivotal role in the attainment of the democracy that we’re enjoying today. He dedicated his life to be the campaigner of social justice.”

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has also extended its condolences to the family of the veteran communicator, describing him as a devoted servant of South Africans.

Spokesperson Thami Ntenteni said: “Ronnie was one of the longest serving communication officers in government. And he has an outstanding history in the struggle for the liberation of the country.”

‘MAMOEPA RESPECTED MEDIA FREEDOM’

The South African National Editors’ Forum also joined organisations and government in expressing sadness at the passing of Mamoepa.

Secretary General Reggy Moalusi said Mamopea understood the critical role media played and defended the important cause for media freedom.

Additional reporting by Pelane Phakgadi.