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.”
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.”
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.