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and Intersex persons
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About Zethu matebeni

Zethu Matebeni holds a PhD, started at Yale University and finalized as a PhD fellow at Wizer (Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research).


Her doctorate is published - Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identity in South Africa). She has been active in many NGOs working on HIV/Aids, feminist theory and gender studies, queer theory, queerness, sexuality, intimacy and race. She has delivered countless papers and contributed to many publications on these topics.


Matebeni has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes in southern Africa addressing HIV/AIDS and other development areas.



  • Gone at 20. No one remembers Nokuthula Radebe (20), Ntsiki Tyatyeka (21), Thokozane Qwabe (23), and many others like them. They did not make it to “Club 27”. They were not musicians, artists or entertainers. However, they joined a special club, notorious in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (lgbti) community of South Africa. Murdered for who they are and their sexual/gender expression – they lie forgotten.

April 2013




Zethu Matebeni

Zethu Matebeni

(Picture courtesy of a still from a Jozi Book Fair interview with Zethu Matebeni in 2009)

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