2014 Jan.9: Brenda Mvula’s Memorial Service

2014 Jan.9:   Brenda Mvula's Memorial Service

Brenda Mvula’s partner, Koketso Matlaweng in black mourning the sudden passing of her beloved supported by her aunt in a black & white top.

Where:   Acts of God Christian Church, Midrand.
When:  9th Jan. 2014
Photos by Lindeka Qampi & Zanele Muholi

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Opening remarks and tribute by Programme Director, Lethabo Hazel Matlala

Pastor Musso...

Pastor Musso…

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Mpho Nefuri relating of the good and trying times shared with Brenda…


Bibi King, FoC co-founder speaking at the memorial...

Bibi King, FoC co-founder speaking at the memorial…


Steve Letsike, activist and Brenda's friend talking about how Brenda used to emphasize on 'lesbian empowerment and progress...'

Steve Letsike, activist and Brenda’s friend talking about how Brenda used to emphasize on ‘lesbian empowerment and progress…’

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Brenda’s spiritual friend, Pule Rampa could not hold tears… of losing a dearest friend


Nomagcina Shezi, shedding tears...

Nomagcina Shezi, Brenda’s buddy shedding tears…



Philile Shoba, a friend who drove all the way from Durban to attend the memorial service

Philile Shoba, a friend who drove all the way from Durban to attend the memorial service

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Nomthandazo Mankazana in a khaki dress, a facebook friend who never met Brenda in person but came to support…

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Jessica represing FEW and Iranti

Jessica represing FEW and Iranti

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Nolwazi, a neighbor narrating of the times she spent with Brenda

Nolwazi, a neighbor narrating of the times she spent with Brenda




The portrait of the late Brenda Mvula
with a beautiful smile… Gone too soon.

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Devastated by the loss of a friend, Thandi Mkwinana who grew up with Brenda Mvula could not even speak for two minutes…

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Pule Rampa closed the memorial with a special prayer

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Matilda Maroga, giving vote of thanks to all those who supported Mvula family and partner Koketso Matlaweng

Matilda Maroga, giving vote of thanks to all those who supported Mvula family and partner Koketso Matlaweng



Obituary of the late Brenda Nonceba Mvula

Nonceba Brenda Mvula was born on the 2nd July 1980 in Rietfontein-KwaRhadebe village, Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape.

During her childhood Nonceba stayed with her grandmother. She started schooling at Monwabisi Primary School and attended her secondary classes at St Mary’s Christian Boarding School in Umtata and finished high education at Wapenaar School.

At 19, she moved to Bloemfontein where she lived alone at first and later was joined by her sister.
She worked for Primi Piatti restaurant while studying for her Matric at Fame College.
She later moved to Johannesburg and continued working at Primi.
She received mentorship from Australians who taught her the ropes of life, business and the importance of education.  After completing Matric, she furthered her education and advanced to obtain a Masters of Commerce in Project Management.

She worked at Gestalt Consultant as a Project Manager and later joined the Department of Housing in 2008 – 2010 still holding the same position.
She returned home in 2012 where she spent the last months of her life.
Due to illness, she returned to Pretoria to receive medical treatment and unfortunately was called by her Creator on the 2nd January 2014 while in hospital.
Nonceba was a strong believer in God.
She prayed with and for her friends wherever possible.
She was also a sister and mentor to many.
Nonceba is survived by her daughter, both parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and partner Koketso Matlaweng.

Sithi lala ngoxolo, ulufezile ugqatso!!!
Rhadebe – Bhungane – Mthikhulu
Mashiy’amahle, amade njengawenyamazane
Mafuz’afulele, njengelifulemvula
Ndebenhle zombini ezikhanyilanga
Zikode – Siba olude – Hlubi elihle
Nzipho zimnyama ngokuqhwayana!
Mashwabada, owashabadela inkomo kanyenezimpondo zayo
Ngelengele… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

The funeral service of Brenda Mvula will be held at 09h00 on  11th January 2014 in Sterkspruit, KwaRhadebe village, Eastern Cape.

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21 Responses to 2014 Jan.9: Brenda Mvula’s Memorial Service

  1. mpho nefuri says:

    This was indeed emotional moment to all of us. May her undying spirit live forever

  2. Thuli Mshengu says:

    This is sad indeed may your soul rest in peace ad may the Lord God Almighty be with your family

  3. Nonnie says:

    This is so sad. Rest in peace Brenda…

  4. Lakhi Ramphele says:

    Rest in peace *sad*

  5. Thula Mabone says:

    It was a very moving service but what is important that the support that was shown for Brenda should continue among us always.

  6. Rocky says:

    May her soul rest in perfect peace

  7. MK says:

    Rest In Peace Brenda. My deepest condolences to the family.

  8. Rozaro says:

    Rest in peace Brenda …. Condolences to fam and frnds..

  9. lawrence othembele tumie godo says:

    Isitya esihle asityeli, may your soul rest in peace Marhadebe ugqatso ulifezile

  10. zandile says:

    Rest in peace the hustler.

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  12. Outlwile Nkadimang says:

    we shall forever miss you and remember your beautiful smile and heart,R.I.P angel

  13. clem says:

    Lala ngoxolo eyakho indima uyifezile

  14. clem dube says:

    Lala ngoxolo eyakho indima uyifezile!b

  15. LastWordg says:

    Let us all find comfort in the moments shared during her life!

  16. S'celo says:

    Was @ the memorial service and Pule’s prayer touched my soul, In God’s comfort we shall find peace.

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  19. web site says:

    Top-notch write-up on 2014 Jan.9: Brenda Mvulas Memorial
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  20. koketso says:

    Thank you everyone for your support, words of encouragement,comfort words and the condolences.
    I appreciate everyone’s effort.
    Thank you very much inkanyiso for covering the story,your support, effort and everything, many thanks.

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