He died of COVID-19-related complications in a Port Elizabeth hospital on Friday.

Family spokesperson Dr Mthembeni Tebelele says this is a tough time for his family.

“Truly this is a very difficult time for the family and for Nelson Mandela Bay. A very difficult time for the province, knowing that this is an outstanding person. We lost a pioneer who was in a project of solving some of the problems in the country. It’s a loss that cannot be replaced soon.”

His students say he was always eager to teach them, as Savanna Barter explains, ” For us, on the emergency side, we have close relations with Professor Pepeta. We have close relations on clinical platforms. He was willing to teach us, it’s a tragic loss to the clinical side as well as Eastern Cape.”

In the video below, condolences continue to pour in for Professor Lungile Pepeta: 

He was also appointed as the new chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes after his predecessor, Dr Clarence Mini, who also succumbed to COVID-19 in May.
Family Spokesperson Dr Mthembeni Tebelele says this is a tough time for his family.
“Truly, this is a very difficult time for the family and for Nelson Mandela Bay, a very difficult time for the province knowing that this is an outstanding person. We lost a pioneer who was in a project of solving some of the problems in the country. It’s a loss that cannot be replaced soon.”
In the video below, Premier Mabuyane says Prof Lungile Pepeta’s death is a great loss for the health fraternity: