It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Xolile Sane 'Malume' Mabuza
As the director of Rock of Hope, Malume fought courageously for the rights of LGBTI people, not only in his native Swaziland but also across the continent.
Malume will be remembered for his spirited contribution to the struggle for trans rights in Africa. He was a founding member of the Southern Africa Trans Forum, and in the years since continued to play a leading role in the movement. Through his tireless activism, Malume helped to increase LGBTI visibility in the region, and it is important that we recognise the valuable contribution he made in the fight against prejudice and discrimination.
While much of Malume's work was focused on strengthening human rights in Swaziland, he also participated in a number of regional initiatives. In 2013, Malume showed his support for GALA by participating in an early consultative meeting for our regional study on school-related violence targeting LGBTI learners. The insights that Malume shared with us during that process greatly strengthened the project, and for this we owe him a great debt.
Malume will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We send our condolences to our comrades at Rock of Hope, to the LGBTI community in Swaziland and to Malume’s friends and family.