By Mbali Sibiya
The spokesperson of Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ronnie Mamoepa died on Saturday at the Unitas Hospital after battling complications arising from a stroke he suffered since June. The Mamoepa family spokesperson, Groovin Nchabeleng says, the deceased was receiving the highest medical care during the five weeks he spent in hospital.
Ronnie Mamoepa was an icon of the country’s liberation struggle, during the Apartheid regime, where he served five years of his youth in incarceration at Robben Island prison in Cape Town.
At the attainment of liberation in 1994, Ronnie joined government and served his country with distinction as a communications practitioner. His extensive experience included African National Congress communications and various communications roles in government, notably The Presidency, the then Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Home Affairs.
The Presidency also sent out its condolences to the Mamoepa family, the deputy President’s spokesperson, Tyrone Seale said the 56 year old’s sudden death was not only a loss to the family and the country, but to the international community as well, as he was not only a great communicator, but a phenomenal person too.
Mamoepa is survived by his wife, Audrey and their five children, Ntchabeleng also added that, the details on funeral arrangements would be communicated to members of the public in due course.
Brother to former deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, Tiego Moseneke says, Mamoepa’s death has left a big void in his heart, as it was untimely. He also added that, he died, during a time, when the country is in desperate need of leaders with the kind of good character that Mamoepa possessed.