Mamoepa was concerned about challenges facing ANC - Pandor

2017-07-27 19:21
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2017-07-27 11:21

Veteran government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa will be honoured at a memorial service at the Tshwane Events Centre, starting at 10:00 on Thursday.WATCH

Pretoria - Government communicator and struggle veteran Ronnie Mamoepa was aware and concerned about the challenges the ANC and government are currently facing, urging action be taken, said minister of science and technology Naledi Pandor.

Speaking on behalf on the South African government at Mamoepa's memorial service on Thursday in Pretoria, Pandor said in the midst of challenging difficulties they cannot disappoint Mamoepa by messing up.

"As a cadre he was aware of our current challenges. He was troubled and would whisper his concerns and urge action," said Pandor.

"He leaves this life with his integrity intact we need to find and implement defective steps to restore the integrity of our organisation and our government.

"Ronnie would say we fought apartheid, we cannot be defeated by corruption. He would expect us to get it right because what Ronnie was about is getting things done, is getting things right."

Minister Angie Motshekga echoed the same sentiments speaking in her capacity as an ANC NEC member.

"He leaves the movement at a time when it desperately needs its best, most seasoned which he represented, the most developed, the committed, the dedicated cadres to confront the current challenges confronting our movement," said Motshekga.

"Indeed comrade Ronnie leaves us within period where within the party and outside the party there is a constant and great need for a voice reason, of peace, of unity and harmony."

"He leaves us at a time when charlatans are on he loose and his intellectual input is most needed."

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, who first met Mamoepa when they both served prison sentences on Robben Island said Mamoepa has a clean political record. 

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Motlanthe fondly recalled how infectious laughter and magnetic smile.

"Comrade Ronnie was among the few that could elicit laughter in prison," said Motlanthe.

He said that with Mamoepa's knack for communication, that he would play the role of a journalist on their sport days in prison interviewing players and spectators with a make believe microphone camera fashioned from odds and ends.

Mamoepa's son Olefile, spoke of how his father taught him to love people and to be an honourable person.

His other son, Sakhile said the thing he respected most about his dad was that he was a man of honesty.

Mamoepa's Nthabiseng said he taught her what love is by the way he loved his wife Audrey, their mother.

"He loved my mom so much and I really loved him so much for that," she said.

"You really served this country well, you were a unifier," said Dlamini-Zuma saying farewell to Mamoepa who she said was not just a colleague but a friend and member of her family.

Mamoepa spent several weeks in hospital after suffering a stroke. He passed away on Saturday, he was 56 years-old.

He first came to prominence as a young teenage activist in the late 70’s and 80’s and was eventually jailed and served time on Robben Island.

He was a member of the Gauteng legislature before be a government communicator for the likes of Dlamini-Zuma and more recently Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

His funeral service will be held at St Alban’s Cathedral on Nana Sita Street, in the Pretoria CBD, on Saturday

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