Ronnie Mamoepa, the spokesperson for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, passed away on Saturday evening. He had been battling complications from a stroke he suffered last month. Since his passing, numerous condolences and memories from across the country have poured in honouring the ANC stalwart.
Groovin Nchabeleng, spokesperson for the Mamoepa familym says that it is a difficult time for the family and for the nation. Nchabeleng says his constant professionalism was one of the distinguishing things about him in both the government and private sector. This made him one of the most unique communications practitioner this country has ever produced.
He has a long history of working in the public service, and I am yet to hear someone say a bad word about Ronnie Mamoepa.— Xolani Gwala, 702 Host
Mamoepa was not just a spokesperson, he was a politician who fought for the liberation of South Africa. Nchabeleng recalls that he was one of the youngest political prisoners who was sent to Robben Island at age 18. When he got out of prison he was one of the youngest communicators of Luthuli House prior to the first democratic election in 1994.
Nchabeleng says that since the initial stroke the family have been in and out of hospital hoping for a miracle. Mamoepa's doctors did their utmost best to help he recovery.
He was an uncle to many, a friend, a father, a brother and a colleague.— Groovin Nchabeleng, Ronnie Mamoepa family's spokesperson
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This article first appeared on 702 : Remembering Ronnie Mamoepa