Trib­utes to Aids ac­tivist

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SOUTH Africa’s lead­ing ad­vo­cate for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/Aids and a re­spected gen­der ac­tivist, Pru­dence Nobantu Ma­bele, has died from pneu­mo­nia at the age of 46. Ma­bele was the pres­i­dent for the So­ci­ety for Women and Aids in Africa. She broke ground in 1992 when she be­came the first black wo­man to pub­licly re­veal her HIV-pos­i­tive sta­tus in South Africa. Ma­bele’s fam­ily an­nounced her death on Mon­day night. Yes­ter­day, the grass­roots US NGO Thou­sand Cur­rents paid trib­ute to Ma­bele, say­ing: “Our hearts are bro­ken upon hear­ing the news that the force of na­ture Pru­dence Ma­bele has de­parted the earth. Our deep­est con­do­lences go to her fam­ily and friends and to the staff, board and mem­bers of Pos­i­tive Women’s Net­work, SA. So many peo­ple have been touched by her ground­break­ing work for the last 20+ years. A long-time part­ner of ours, Nobantu in­spired and guided our work with her bril­liance, wis­dom and courage. We will miss her dearly. May Pru­dence rest in peace and in power.” In 2004, Ma­bele car­ried the Olympic torch as part of an in­ter­na­tional torch re­lay for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. She was also a found­ing mem­ber of the Bring Back Our Girls SA cam­paign. A me­mo­rial ser­vice and fu­neral de­tails are still to be an­nounced. – ANA

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