Tributes to one of South Africa's finest doctors: Dr John "Oupa" Moche

Posted on February 06, 2012

Mourners were addressed by various speakers at an emotionally charged memorial service. They described the death of Dr Moche as a loss not only to the South African academic fraternity, but to the poor people to whom he dedicated his life serving. Dr Moche was the Head of Dermatology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pretoria, and was based at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

The Head of the Dermatology Department at Wits University, Dr Deepak Modi, described Dr Moche as “a person devoted to his work driven by the passion of serving poor and ordinary South Africans”.

Tshwane Municipality’s Member of Municipal Council, Councilor Terence Mashego said the death of Dr Moche not only robbed the community of Tshwane of a dedicated and selfless servant of the people, but other people from different provinces also benefitted from his services at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

The Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development, Ms Ntombi Mekgoe, said Dr Moche was not only an asset to the public health sector, but an asset in Gauteng as a whole. She continued that Dr Moche was already making strides as a specialist who ensured that training in his profession continues. “South Africa and the health sector in particular have been left poorer without him. His dedication to the public health sector is well documented and he represented a new breed of young African specialists who have committed to imparting their skills for the good of our province and to the country as a whole”, said MEC Mekgoe.

Dr Moche is survived by his parents, wife Brenda and three children Koketso, Masego and Bokang.

He has since been buried in his hometown of Marapyane, near Hammanskraal on 04 February 2012.


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