Blade, Mashatile pay trib­ute to Mamoepa

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - VIRGILATTE GWANGWA

MIN­IS­TERS and govern­ment of­fi­cials con­tin­ued to stream to the home of the late com­mu­ni­ca­tions doyen and for­mer govern­ment spokesper­son Ron­nie Mamoepa in Cen­tu­rion yes­ter­day, to pay their re­spects and of­fer con­do­lences to his fam­ily.

They in­cluded Premier David Makhura and SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande, who led his party’s del­e­ga­tion.

Nz­i­mande said Mamoepa’s pass­ing was a huge loss to the move­ment.

“As much as this is a loss for the fam­ily, it is also a huge loss to us (SACP), as a move­ment.

“You just don’t go to a shelf and buy a com­mu­ni­ca­tor like Ron­nie, who served the move­ment and govern­ment with ab­so­lute dis­tinc­tion.”

Nz­i­mande said, as much as this was a sad time and peo­ple were mourn­ing, the pro­lific spokesper­son had lived an in­cred­i­ble life.

“We must use this time to cel­e­brate Ron­nie’s life… 56 is rel­a­tively young. He went to prison at a very young age and he also made a huge im­pact in the govern­ment and the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.”

Nz­i­mande said the com­mu­ni­ca­tions leg­end was an ex­am­ple to the youth of to­day, pro­fes­sion­als and pub­lic ser­vants on how to carry them­selves in ser­vice to their coun­try.

He hoped Mamoepa’s legacy would be hon­oured.

“These young com­mu­ni­ca­tors have learnt some­thing from him, be­cause some of them passed through his hands. His ex­am­ple is worth fol­low­ing by all govern­ment spokes­peo­ple.”

The ANC’s Gaut­eng chair­per­son, Paul Mashatile, also paid trib­ute to Mamoepa, and called for the pro­lific spokesper­son’s life to be cel­e­brated.

“Ron­nie was deeply com­mit­ted to his work and we want to give him a proper send­off for the good work he has done for the move­ment.”

Mashatile said Mamoepa was not only re­li­able to the govern­ment but also to the me­dia, as he was al­ways avail­able when­ever they needed his in­put for in­for­ma­tion.

Mamoepa died on Satur­day night in a Pre­to­ria hos­pi­tal from com­pli­ca­tions from a stroke.

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

PIC­TURES: THOBILE MATHONSI

IN HIS HON­OUR: Me­dia li­ai­son spe­cial­ist in the Pres­i­dency, Sam Bopape with a paint­ing of the late Ron­nie Mamoepa out­side his home in Cen­tu­rion yes­ter­day. Mamoepa, who was Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son, died on Satur­day.

‘HE DE­SERVES WOR­THY SEND-OFF’: Gaut­eng ANC chair­per­son Paul Mashatile ar­rives to pay his re­spects to Mamoepa’s fam­ily.

‘SERVED WITH DIS­TINC­TION’: Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter and SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Dr Blade Nz­i­mande talks to the me­dia about Ron­nie Mamoepa.

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