14 September 2015
Press Statement – For Immediate Release
It is with great shock and dismay that Pan Africa ILGA has learnt of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and comrade Xolile Sane Mabuza or “Malume” as he was more affectionately known.
Malume was a great activist for the equal rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people in Swaziland and on the African continent and played a pivotal role in creating visibility, safe spaces for assembly and platforms for advocacy for LGBTI communities in that country. His visionary leadership was not only confined to the borders of his home country, as he was ever willing to share his wisdom and knowledge with fellow activists, especially the youth, who came to refer to him as uncle. PAI has had the pleasure to engage with Malume on various occasions and platforms and more recently worked closely with him on the development of a LGBTI submission to that country’s UPR report where he contributed in great measure.
On behalf of its entire membership, the board and secretariat, Pan Africa ILGA would like to express our deepest sympathy and convey our condolences to his family and friends and colleagues at Rock of Hope Organization in Swaziland. We unite in honouring the exemplary life of one of the oldest members of the Trans and LGBTI movement in Africa.
Those of us that knew Malume, will surely miss him, especially his good humour, exemplary work ethic and his unfailing sincere concern for the LGBT community in Swaziland. We trust that his legacy will live on and the strive for equality in Swaziland will move on, stronger now than ever before
You will be missed. A great comrade and leader.
Yahia Zaidi and Monica Tabengwa