Friday, June 19, 2009

Khayelitsha mourns death of Aids activist

By Nomava Nobumba
19 June 2009

Khayelitsha community continues to mourn Aids activist Thembisa Ngubane, who was buried at the Khayelitsha cemetery on Saturday.

Ngubane was known worldwide for her diary, ‘Thembi’s Aids Diary’, about her life with Aids.

It contains interviews with her family and friends, playing with her baby, and even the time she disclosed her HIV status to her father.

Ngubane travelled worldwide, speaking at high schools, universities and clinics about Aids, she even met with the US President Barack Obama.

The young woman made headlines after she revealed her status in the South African Parliament in 2007.

Ngubane found out her HIV status at the age of 19 and joined the Treatment Action Campaign in 2004.

Karabo Monatisi from the TAC described Ngubane as “a future leader who had no fears to express herself.”

Her radio diary has been broadcasted in countries such as the USA, Australia and Canada with nearly 50 million listeners worldwide.

As a result of untreated TB Ngubane died at Tygerberg hospital at the age of 25, she is survived by her daughter and the family.

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