Swaziland, 22 September 2015

Xolile Malume Mabuza’s funeral was held in Swaziland 6 September 2015. The Gentle Giant known to all as Malume, was memorialised by LGBTI activists from across the continent.

Malume funeral - Usuthu Mission Anglican Church
Usuthu Mission Anglican Church couldn’t accommodate everyone who came to pay their last respects to Malume. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza                

 11 September 2015
Memorial service of the late Xolile “Malume” Mabuza took place on the 11th of September 2015  Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Malume funeral - video screening about Malume by Iranti
In memory of Malume’s great work, Iranti and partners screen a video honoring Malume. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Malume funeral - Usuthu Anglican Church's pastor spoke about Malume as parent and grandparent
The Pastor of the Usuthu Anglican Church spoke about Malume’s legacy  as a parent and grandparent. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Malume funeral - Mfuno Dlamini, Malume's son, paid his last respects
Malume’s son, Mfundo Dlamini with his daughter paying their last respects. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Malume funeral - Malume's memorial service
Memorial service and prayers. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza                                                                   Malume funeral - DUPS Funeral Home and Crematrium
DUPS Funeral Home and Crematorium where Malume’s final farewell service was conducted. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Malume funeral - Coffin taken into DUPS Funeral Home

Close family were asked to say their last goodbye as the coffin was taken into the crematorium. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Left to right: Neo Musangi, Veli Madawu, Zethu Matebeni, Tshepo Kgositau, and Jholer Timbo - Malume funeral
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eft to right: Neo Musangi, Veli Madawu, Zethu Matebeni, Tshepo Kgositau, and Jholer Timbo standing with heavy hearts as the coffin is wheeled into the crematorium. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Left to right: Tshepo Kgositau of Gender DynamiX, and Veli Madau of Rock of Hope - Malume's funeral
Left to right: Tshepo Kgositau of Gender DynamiX, and Veli Madau of Rock of Hope comfort each other. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Sibusiso Kheswa, director at Gender DynamiX,, and Jabu Pereira, Director at Iranti, in conversation with Malume’s sister (Phumele). Malume's funeral
Sibusiso Kheswa, director at Gender DynamiX,, and Jabu Pereira, Director at Iranti, in conversation with Malume’s sister, Phumele. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

LGBTI activists from across the region came to pay their last respects to Malume, The Gentle Giant
LGBTI activists from across the region came to pay their last respects to Malume, The Gentle Giant. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza