PRETORIA – 11 JULY: The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) is deeply shocked and saddened by the death of our cherished friend and colleague Prudence Mabele, a global advocate for women and people living with HIV.
One of the first black women to disclose her HIV status in South Africa, Prudence Mabele was the Executive Director and founder of the Positive Women’s Network, and a founding member of both the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), and the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS of South Africa (NAPWA). She was recently elected as deputy chairperson of the SANAC Civil Society Forum and was a former SANAC Trustee.
“This is a devastating loss for Prudence’s family, for SANAC as an organization, and for South Africa, the country she served — and loved — so well. It is also a loss for people around the world, who have lost a passionate activist who dedicated herself to the struggle to fight HIV. Prudence was a bold champion who fought for the health and rights of women and was never afraid to speak truth to power,” said Acting SANAC CEO Dr. Connie Kganakga.
“As the South African National AIDS Council and, indeed, the global HIV community, we can never thank Prudence enough for her role and contribution to our cause,” Kganakga added.
She will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know and work with her. Our deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues at this time.