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2017 July 30: Painful send off for transgender activist Iko Mash

Text by Yaya Mavundla Photos by Zanele Muholi The funeral service of Iko Mash was very painful. Iko who passed away on the 21st of July 2017 was buried on Saturday the 29th of July 2017. Her funeral service was … Continue reading

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2017 July 27: Dignified memorial service for Iko Mash

Text by Yaya Mavundla Photos by Zanele Muholi What a well organised and most dignified memorial service held at Bassline, Newtown for our dear friend Iko Mash. Transgender activist and media personality shocked many by her sudden passing. She passed … Continue reading

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2017 July 19: “Why is there no state funeral for Prudence?”

Text by Yaya Mavundla Photos by Zanele Muholi Struggle songs & ritual performances at an activist funeral. Prudence Mabele shocked many by her passing on the 10th of July just before celebrating her 46th birthday on the 21 July 2017.  … Continue reading

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2015 Dec. 24: Remembering Magesh Zungu

by Lerato Dumse Dry eyes were scarce inside Denis Hurley hall, when Wandile Mkhize asked to speak during his mother’s memorial service. Diakonia Council of Churches Centre hosted Nombulelo “Magesh” Zungu’s memorial service, on Sunday December 20, 2015. Magesh is popularly known as “Mam’ Mfundisi or the first … Continue reading

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2015 Oct. 29: She sings A New Song

Theatre performance review by Lebo Mashifane I feel the chill of “the winter rain”…no; the chills of a great performance as I become engulfed by Sibulele Gcilitshana playing the role of Thokozile in a  A New Song play written and … Continue reading

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2015 Oct. 18: “I reminisce about her”

by Balekane “TK” Moloi As a 27 year old woman growing up in the dusty streets of Duduza, a small township in the eastern wing of Johannesburg, just outside Mpumalanga province. I had a life some would say was an … Continue reading

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2015 May 19: “I wasn’t comfortable with the one before”

I am Nondi Nomkhita Ntombehlanga Mamntambo Vokwana born Nondi Cungwa on the 30th October 1981.  I’m what they would call a bastard child, my parents Zikisa Vokwana and Xoliswa Cungwa were both in High School when they had me. My mother was in grade 11 … Continue reading

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2015 May 6: Snow Black and the Huntsman – Musings on the work of Zanele Muholi

by Liona Nyariri  Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence Brooklyn Museum, New York 1 May – 1 November 2015 I’m standing on the gallery floor at the Brooklyn Museum, looking down into a transparent glass coffin that lies at my feet. Inside the … Continue reading

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2014 Nov. 26: Freedom…that’s all we need

We write letters into ANCient scrolls with ANCient mentalities that refuses to act now… We recite poems into dead societies with zombies in suits and big bellies.. Nobody hears us, we are in the basement of their thoughts… long forgotten … Continue reading

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2014 Sept. 8: Manku and her niece buried next to each other

Text by Lerato Dumse Photos by Kamo Petlele The joint funeral of lesbian activist Manku Maduwane (52) and her niece Monica Maduwane (36) was held at the Kwa-Thema Civic Hall on September 7. The two women passed away on September … Continue reading

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