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A farewell to Lerato “Tambai” Moloi

by Kellyn Botha

 

South Africa, 26 May 2017

It has been a time of anger and heartbreak for so many LGBTI South Africans. The rise in media attention around the prevalence of violence against women has also revealed to the public the extent to which queer women, especially lesbians, are targeted in society.

 

The revelations in the mainstream are not new to many of us, who continue to mourn the loss of our friends and loved-ones in the ongoing wave of hate-crimes against queer bodies. On Sunday, 14 May 2017, the body of Lerato Tambai Moloi was discovered; she had been raped and stoned to death. One of many victims in recent months, the LGBTI and residents of Moloi’s community in Naledi, Soweto, march for justice and visibility.

 

On Saturday, 20 May, Moloi was laid to rest. Iranti-org attended her memorial ceremony, to document the case, and to say goodbye to Lerato Tambai Moloi.

 

 

 

 

The LGBTI Community of Soweto gathered at the “Painting Naledi with LGBTI Colours March” against the horrific murder of Lerato Moloi. 18 May 2017. Photo by:  Ayanda Msiza

The LGBTI Community of Soweto gathered at the “Painting Naledi with LGBTI Colours March” against the horrific murder of Lerato Moloi. 18 May 2017. Photo by: Ayanda Msiza

Virgina Magwaza outside the last place Lerato Moloi was seen, the Gift Inn Pub, where she urged the Community of Naledi to start accepting LGBTI persons. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Virgina Magwaza outside the last place Lerato Moloi was seen, the Gift Inn Pub, where she urged the Community of Naledi to start accepting LGBTI persons. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
A moment of silence for Lerato Moloi at the dumping site where her lifeless body was found in Naledi, Soweto. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
A moment of silence for Lerato Moloi at the dumping site where her lifeless body was found in Naledi, Soweto. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Lerato Moloi’s photo on her coffin at her funeral service in Naledi Community hall, Soweto. 20 May 2017. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Lerato Moloi’s photo on her coffin at her funeral service in Naledi Community hall, Soweto. 20 May 2017. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Lerato Moloi’s funeral service was held in The Naledi Community hall and was attended by LGBTI activists, political representatives, and Moloi’s many friends and relatives. Photo by: Kellyn Botha
Lerato Moloi’s funeral service was held in The Naledi Community hall and was attended by LGBTI activists, political representatives, and Moloi’s many friends and relatives. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

Pastor Nokuthula Dhladhla spoke at the service on the importance of families, churches and communities in accepting LGBTI persons within South Africa. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Pastor Nokuthula Dhladhla spoke at the service on the importance of families, churches and communities in accepting LGBTI persons within South Africa. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

LGBTI Activists convened around Lerato Moloi coffin as a sign of respect holding candles. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
LGBTI Activists convened around Lerato Moloi coffin as a sign of respect holding candles. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

#LesbiansLivesMatters and other statements pasted to a comrade’s placard at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery, Johannesburg. One of many honouring Lerato Moloi at her funeral. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
#LesbiansLivesMatters and other statements pasted to a comrade’s placard at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery, Johannesburg. One of many honouring Lerato Moloi at her funeral. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Lerato Moloi’s mother, Ntombizodwa Moloi (right), spoke about the importance of the acceptance of LGBTI persons within society and wanting justice to prevail for her daughter after the funeral. Photo by: Gugu Mandla
Lerato Moloi’s mother, Ntombizodwa Moloi (right), spoke about the importance of the acceptance of LGBTI persons within society and wanting justice to prevail for her daughter after the funeral. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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