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OPINION: Xolani Gwala remembers HIV/Aids activist Prudence Mabele

Xolani Gwala paid tribute to HIV/Aids activist and Treatment Action Campaign co-founder, Prudence Mabele who was laid to rest on Wednesday. She succumbed to pneumonia. Mabele contracted the disease when she was 18-years-old and and made her status public in 1992, breaking ground and becoming a leading gender activist.

Mabele died on July 10, just 11 days before her 46th birthday. She contracted HIV in 1990 and came out in 1992, can you imagine the stigma she would have faced then.. the annihilation?

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

She was at the forefront of campaigns back in the dark moment in our history of Aids denialism. She has been described as a carefree spirit, a go-getter. What appropriate way is there to make sure her memory lives with us, look how far we have come yet it seems we are going backwards. Seven million people are living with HIV in the country.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

Listen to Xolani's impassioned plea to start HIV/Aids campaigns all over again...


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