'Charismatic' Ronnie Mamoepa praised at memorial service

Mamoepa passed away on Saturday after spending several weeks at Unitas Hospital in Centurion following a stroke.

A picture of late goverment spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa during a memorial service in Pretoria on 26 July 2017. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As dozens gather to bid farewell to government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa, South African National Editors Forum (Sanef)’s Sam Mkokeli has reminded other communicators not to use their positions to drive a racist wedge in their communities.

Mamoepa passed away on Saturday after spending several weeks at Unitas Hospital in Centurion following a stroke.

He was 56-years-old.

At the time of his death, the freedom activist was the spokesperson for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mkokeli is among the speakers paying tribute to Mameopa at a memorial service in Pretoria.

“He had charisma, which he used all the time when he had to break through. He never allowed his frustrations with the media when we got things wrong, as sometimes we do, to get in the way of the message.”

MEDIA CENTRE TO BE NAMED AFTER MAMOEPA

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has announced that a media centre at the Government Communications offices in Pretoria will be named after the late Ronnie Mamoepa.

Dlodlo was speaking during Mamoepa's memorial service in the capital.

There were emotional moments during Dlodlo's speech on Wednesday as she remembered Mamoepa.

She described Mamoepa as a mentor who never felt the need to intimidate those who worked under him.

Dlodlo told those gathered that Mamoepa will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

WATCH: Ronnie Mamoepa's memorial service