Prudence Mabele’s Funeral Arrangement: Quick Facts About The HIV Activist


Prudence Mabele Funeral Arrangement: The family of South Africa’s leading gender and HIV activist Prudence Mabele has unveiled details of her memorial and funeral services.

In a statement, the family thanked all and sundry, who in one way or other stood by them since the shocking death of Mabele.

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“The Mabele family would like to thank all who have reached out with messages of condolences and support since the news of Prudence’s passing. They would also like to take this opportunity to announce the details of the Johannesburg memorial service and funeral of their beloved daughter, HIV and gender activist Prudence Nobantu Mabele,” the statement read.

Mabele’s Memorial And Funeral Arrangement

Her memorial service would hold at Wits Great Hall, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Sunday, July 16. Time for the event is 12h30. She would be laid to rest on Wednesday, July 19, after a funeral service at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

She passed away from pneumonia, aged 46.

5 Fast Facts You Need To Know About Prudence Mabele

Prudence Mabele is a South African Renowned HIV Activist

Her days of activism began in the early 1990s when she first learned of her status. In 1996, Mabele alongside five women founded the Positive Women’s Network (PWN) in a bid to show love and support other women with HIV, whose lives had been shattered and needed piecing together.

With her assistance, millions of people were able to access HIV treatment and justice (women whose rights were violated). She was always at the centre of Aids Consortium meetings and marches in support of women.

She visited so many grieving families in the family whose loved ones died of HIV or was violently murdered mishandled.

Prudence’s activism was fuelled by pain and passion and joy and she put on the line fighting for the lives and rights of women in the country.

She Is A Founding Member Of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

TAC was established as an advocate for increased access to treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV in the country.

According to the organisation, its mission is to ensure that ‘every person living with HIV has access to quality comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life.’

Formed on 10 December 1998 in Cape Town, the organisation currently has more than 16,000 members, 267 branches, and 72 full-time staff members.

In 1998, the organisation made headlines for challenging government’s disregard for health care service delivery and official AIDS denialism.

The leading civil society has received worldwide acclaim and numerous international accolades, including a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. It was also honoured on 30 August 2006 by the New York Times which named the organisation ‘the world’s most effective AIDS group’.

Prudence Mabele Combined Activism With Traditional Healing

She was an activist by day and a healer by night. When Prudence was eight years, her grandmother, who was also a traditional healer, always took her along to dig for herbs.

A decade after she found out she was infected with HIV, she was ‘called’ by her ancestors to become a traditional healer. Though practicing as a traditional healer and being an HIV activist left her with so many challenges and little or no time for herself, she greatly impacted the lives of her patients.

In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV activist organisation of promoting Western medicine as the only treatment for HIV and disregarding traditional medicine.

She so much believed in the efficacy of ARVs

As a sangoma, Mabele believed that ARVs are imperative to the HIV positive people’s survival. She said she had watched many of her close friends die because they had stopped taking ARVs.

“I know there is treatment fatigue – you get tired of taking pills every day. But ARVs are the only scientifically proven treatment for HIV,” she said during an interview.

When she first learned about her status, she found it difficult treating herself properly because ARVs were costly. She would take vitamins and traditional mixtures to strengthen her immune system.

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When treatment became available for free in the public health sector, Mabele began using ARVs in addition to her traditional medicine to stay balanced.