The last surviving son of South Africa political hero and cultural icon Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Ntoko Mase, Makgatho Mandela passed away from complications due to HIV/AIDS in January, 2005.
When Nelson Mandela announced the death of his son, he issued a statement saying:
“Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of HIV/AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.”
Yvonne Vera (September 19, 1964 - April 7, 2005) was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe’s difficult past. For these reasons, she has been widely studied and appreciated by those studying postcolonial African literature.
In 2005, Vera passed away from AIDS-related meningitis, in Toronto, Canada.
Louis Hendrik Potgieter, South African musican and member of the German pop band Dschinghis Khan, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1993.