2013 July 10: Photos from Duduzile Zozo’s memorial service

2013 July 10  Duduzile Zozo's memorial service

Nombulelo Dlamini holding the candle during the memorial of a dear friend Dudu Zozo,
they both attended the church together.

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Ayanda Magoloza, a Thokoza resident and spokesperson for Ihawu,
speaking volumes and fearlessly at the memorial service

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Seated in the front row far right covered with grey stripe shawl is the mother of the slain Duduzile Zozo at the memorial

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A friend and survivor of ‘curative rape’ Bianca expressing her anger on how Dudu was killed

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A female neighbor introducing the devastated father of Dudu
to the activists, audience and supporters

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Some members of Ihawu and friends came to support in large numbers

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Members of ANC listening to the speakers attentively

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FEW Projects Manager, Nokhwezi Hoboyi sharing sentiments and consents about lack of support from Women’s League when there are no hate crimes…

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Our respected Pastor Teboho, who opened the memorial with a prayer.
She preached at the funeral of the late Noxolo Nogwaza’s funeral in 2011, KwaThema. Nogwaza’s hate crime case is still unresolved

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Pastor Teboho, a dedicated member of the community and concerned citizen who denounce any gender based violence especially rampant hate crimes in SA townships and beyond

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Phindi Malaza, a spokesperson for the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)
deeply agitated by the recent murder of Dudu, addressing the audience

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The face of the deceased in the program

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A friend and neighbor who shed a tear… could not control her frustration of how the residents heard Dudu’s screams but ignored it as they thought that it was a drunk person.
Question she left the audience with, “Are drunk people not worthy of protection?”


Struggle songs were the order of the afternoon. With more than 300 people in attendance.

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Mam’Mdaki, a proud mother of a lesbian who asked other mothers,
“If we don’t love and give support to our lesbian and gay children at our homes, how do we expect outsiders to love our children.?”

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African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League came in large numbers 3 days after Democratic Alliance (DA) held the march in the same township in honor of Dudu

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A staunch member of ANC women’s league who introduced her comrades who were seated in front seats that ended up blocking the view of Zozo family

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L- R: Sego, Zi and Lebo, are devoted visual activists and reports from Iranti-org documenting the memorial alongside Inkanyiso crew.

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Location:  Thokoza Youth Centre, Khumalo Street. Thokoza. East of Johannesburg.

More than 300 people – mainly organisational members, fellow activists and friends attended the memorial service of Duduzile Zozo (26) who was brutally (dis)membered on the 30th June 2013 few metres away from her family home.
Paying tributes were friends and neighbors who could not hold their angst and the brutality in which she was killed.
What made things worse is that the family had to delay the funeral due to financial constraints and Dudu was the breadwinner at home.

Photo Album by Zanele Muholi (10.07.2013)

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22 Responses to 2013 July 10: Photos from Duduzile Zozo’s memorial service

  1. ssplash says:

    Thank you! Big hug from Madrid!

  2. fundisiwe says:

    May her soul R.I.P

  3. nenceba nonxuba says:

    A question will alwys be asked “why” nobody will ever know only God knows, the brutal asaults and killings of decent innocent lesbian citizens of our countrey is really sickening, these are our felllow africans leaders of our country nobody has a right 2 take or shorten a life of another human being, there are no more words 2 describe the disappointment, hurt and unsafe feeling tht has seem 2 have found a resting place in our minds as lesbian community BUT in our souls, body and spiritis we are who we are God has a demand in our lives nobody else, we are here 4 a reason let us live in peace as we do not bother any1 with their lives

  4. Happy Masuku says:

    Glad to see the ANCWML present,they can be a pillar of salt when they want

  5. Lesbolive says:

    Thank you guys for the support you’ve shown to Zozo’s family and friends. This week is the same week we were mourning about Salome & Zizakele,
    Brutality against lesbians must stop.
    May Her soul R.I.P.
    She’ll be sadly missed by LGBTi community, friends & family.

  6. Mpho says:

    May her soul be at peace… Phambili macomrades… Asoze siphele amanda….

  7. Refiwe Prelate says:

    i cnt stop crying just by looking at the pix from Dudu’s memorial. When is this going 2 end? This just made me hate man more yes they’re nt the same bt frm nw we dnt trust any worse is people who murder us its people we knw & at times trust them. This remind me of a rape case of a friend she was raped by the guys she called best buddies, same kasi, chillas 2geda & go out 2geda. So i ask myself who are we safe with? May Dudu’s soul rest in peace & her murders have nightmare til they take their own lifes.

  8. Dudu Mkhize says:

    Asoze saphel’ amandla, siyaziqhenya ngobutabane bethu…

  9. Sabelo Sigudu says:

    May her Soul rest in peace. we thank the proactive ANCYL of Ekurhuleni and of ward54 lead by Cde Simphiwe Sigudu which has helped in ensuring that they are there for the family from time to time.

  10. Tarras says:

    I cnt stop cryng…..;(;(;(;(

  11. Tarras says:

    I cnt stop cryng…..;(;(;(;(kwaze kwabuhlungu

  12. thando says:

    may ha soul rest in peace

  13. Cart Driver says:

    Going from “I think everyone has become ultra sensitive” to “Maybe you should focus your efforts and be an asshole over there as much as possible” has been a wonderful journey to follow…good thread gentlemen

  14. Kitty cone says:

    This saddens my heart deeply, but the pictures show an inclusive and potentially very powerful group of mourners. May she rest in peace, thank you for all you are doing to save our sisters.

  15. Sebarbie says:

    It was with shock and hairs standing at the back of my neck when I heard of the brutal inhuman butcher of the late Zozo. I was touched and cried throughout the article published on a local newspaper. You need no know a person to feel the pain.

    The support the community of Ekurhuleni was immense not forgetting the ANC women league on the day of the funeral but my greatest concern was that there we no signs of SAPS.

    I too am concerned, as my friends, family or even me to be violated in such a matter.

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