Tributes are pouring in for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa who died on Saturday night.
Mamoepa died after complications arising from a stroke he suffered last month, at the age of 56.
President Jacob Zuma and the deputy president conveyed their sincere condolences to Mamoepa's family and friends.
Mamoepa was a former political prisoner and member of the Gauteng provincial legislature.
He was a highly regarded accomplished public servant and veteran communicator, who served the African National Congress and various departments in government with distinction.
In his latest role, since 2014, Mamoepa served as spokesperson for the deputy president.
"This is a great loss to me personally, to the Presidency and government at large," said Ramaphosa.
"However, our thoughts are firstly and foremost with Ronnie's wife, Audrey, his children and his siblings. I offer my sincere condolences to Ronnie's relatives, friends, comrades and colleagues who have suffered the loss of someone who was much loved and respected across our country and beyond. We shall miss him greatly."
Ramaphosa, who visited Mamoepa in hospital several times during his illness, expressed his appreciation to the management and staff of Unitas Hospital, as well as other medical professionals who attended to Mamoepa.
Details of memorial events will be made known as soon as they are finalised with the Mamoepa family.