2013 July 20: Lesbian samaritans reaches out to the Zozo family

2013 July 20:  Lesbian samaritans reaches out to the Zozo family

Photos by Zanele Muholi (16.07.2013) taken with Samsung S3 cellphone which belongs to Andile.

It is a exactly a week since we buried Duduzile Zozo in Thokoza. Two young black lesbian couple,  Andile Tlouw & Twana Zungu, who attended the funeral were so touched by the family’s desperation for help.
They then contacted Inkanyiso to connect them with the family. We then requested Ayanda Magoloza’s intervention who was there at the time of the Zozo’s sadness. She mobilized people and resources to ensure that Duduzile received a decent burial.

On the 16th July 2013, Andile Tlouw visited the family home in which she took notes and made the list of all the items needed by some family members ranging from baby diapers – pampers; food; blankets since we all know that Johannesburg wintry is so cold.
Four (4) days later the plastic full of grocers and needed items were delivered at the Zozo home in the presence of Ayanda who introduced many of us to the family.
When we parked the hired cab that moved from Southgate Mall to Thokoza on that Sat. night, Ayanda met us at the gate of the Zozo home. She could not control her tears stunted by the immediate response.
She rushed inside the home to call the mother who only said, “Ngiyabonga kakhulu bantabami.”

20130720_ inside zozo home
We promised to build a liveable space for the family which is our next project to be realized in less than 3 months.
The family will now identify a plot to build own home and we as the concerned lesbians will make it happen for the Zozo’s.

Thanks to Lisa Ashton & Tracy Long from team Mabaso Foundation in the UK, who connected with Andile and Twana for responding to the call for help.
We wish that so many individuals could come on board and assist wherever possible. What Andile said, “People must learn to give especially to individuals and families who need help the most. We should not wait till a black lesbian is killed before we reach out.”
A message from Twana, “It is the little things that we take for granted which matters to those who do not have that privilege.”

20130720 The Zozo
20130720_ zozo family home1

Should you wish to help the family with any relevant materials.
Please contact us and we’ll forward you the Duduzile s mom banking details.

So far Les Dégommeuses from Paris, France donated R7500– towards the burial.

No arrests have been made.


Related articles

2013 July 13: Picturing Duduzile Zozo’s funeral


2013 July 10: Chaotic memorial service for Duduzile


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


2013 July 10: When brutally killed, Dudu was stripped every ounce of her dignity


2013 July 3: Another brutal murder of a lesbian


2013 July 3: Another fucked up case


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10 Responses to 2013 July 20: Lesbian samaritans reaches out to the Zozo family

  1. Nthabiseng says:


  2. lungile dladla says:

    *deeply touched*God richfuly bless

  3. les dégommeuses says:

    We are happy to see that lesbians from all over the world can and do form an international chain of solidarity. We try to keep high this mobilisation for dudu’s family.
    Thanks to Inkanyiso to keep us updated.
    Please, could you correct our name, which is not degommes, but dégommeuses. Merci

  4. Makaziwe says:

    I am truely touched

  5. pulane lebese says:

    God is great and may He bless u all. That was great

  6. Busi Mulauzi says:

    Syabonga kakhulu kumndeni wethu ama LGBTI ukunceda the Zozo family, u Nkulunkulu mkhulu guys kwande nalapho nithathe khona.

  7. Nqobile says:

    You are God’s Angels, im very touched, you guys have hearts big hearts. #teary

  8. Ramazan Ngobese says:

    Engathi nathi siyitheku singasika lephethini yokubambisana ezimweni ezinje sibonga kakhulu kwinkanyiso ngokusivula izingqondo namehlo ngezinto ebesingazanakile

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  10. Sponono says:

    Siyabonga bafowethu this is the kind off support we need from our fellow lesbians.It shows that we care for the community.Andile no Twana uMdali anandisele!

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