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Hamba Kahle Ronnie Mamoepa

23 July 2017

Ronnie Mamoepa died on 22 July 2017, after battling complications arising from a stroke he suffered.

Mamoepa was Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson at the time of his death.

Mamoepa was regarded as an icon of the country's liberation struggle having served five years of his youth in incarceration at the infamous Robben Island prison in Cape Town.

(Photo: DIRCO)

At the attainment of liberation in 1994, Mamoepa joined government and served the country with distinction as a communications practitioner.

His extensive experience included serving in the African National Congress in communications and various communications roles in government, notably in the Presidency and the then Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the Department of Home Affairs.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has expressed sadness on the untimely death of Ronnie Mamoepa.

The Foundation said his association with Nelson Mandela goes back many years when they first met on Robben Island.

“Mamoepa was one of the new arrivals of young prisoners in 1980 when they encountered Mandela and his comrades who had been there for sixteen years,” the Foundation said in a statement.

Mamoepa went on to serve the African National Congress as a spokesperson and played an important role in his communications when Mandela was President of South Africa.

His engaging warmth, generosity of spirit and passion for his work characterised his generation of communications experts for the former liberation movement. His professionalism remained through the many roles he played as a spokesperson in government, the Foundation said.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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