Late communications veteran honoured by political elite

2017-07-29 18:46
A packed St Alban's Cathedral for Ronnie Mamoepa's funeral in Pretoria. (ANC GP Comms)

A packed St Alban's Cathedral for Ronnie Mamoepa's funeral in Pretoria. (ANC GP Comms)

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Pretoria - The who's who of South Africa's political elite were present to bid farewell to the late communications veteran Ronnie Mamoepa on Saturday.

The guest list included President Jacob Zuma, former president Thabo Mbeki and former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The service was sombre. However, some of the guest speakers, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Mosaneke and SABC former acting CEO Phil Molefe, often created a light mood as they spoke of their fondest memories of the Robben Island struggle prisoner. 

In their dedication to their father, his five kids told attendees how they had hoped to one day travel with their father.

Mamoepa's oldest daughter Ofentse cried during her speech as she detailed her fathers last days.

"My heart dropped when I heard he was in hospital," she said as she tried to hold back her tears.

Amazed by support

One of his sons said he was amazed by the amount of support his family received while Mamoepa was in hospital.

"This is a big crowd, even when I go outside, there are so many people there. My dad was very playful with me. Only now I see he was very known by a lot of people. I knew he was in the ANC, but I didn't know how many people would come," his son said to the crowd's amusement.

In a loving tribute, Mamoepa's wife Audrey described their love and dedication to each other and their family.

"I would like you to know that I am grateful for every moment, every laugh, every celebration. I am grateful  for the life I had with you. I am grateful for the home we made for each other and our children. I am not sure what life will feel like without you at my side, to laugh with, to sit with, and to enjoy the Magnum ice cream you brought home," she wrote in her dedication. 

Audrey promised that Momoepa's memory would be honoured and celebrated. Mamoepa received a special provincial official funeral.

Momoepa died on Saturday night, July 22, at the age of 56, following complications from a stroke he suffered in June. He was Ramaphosa's spokesperson.

President Jacob Zuma ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in Gauteng on the day of the funeral, the Presidency said.

Read more on:    anc  |  thabo mbeki  |  jacob zuma  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  ronnie mamoepa  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  pretoria

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