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Candlelight parade set to be organized for the late SA fashion designer, Quiteria Kekana by his family and friends on Wednesday



Quiteria Kekana, a late South African fashion designer who died on Sunday after a battle with multiple myeloma, will be remembered with a candlelight parade planned by his family and close friends.

On Wednesday, a candlelight vigil is scheduled to be held at his Melville studios.

On Friday morning, Quiteria will be laid to rest in Johannesburg.

The Kekana family issued the following statement:

The Kekana family confirms the tragic death of a worldwide fashion designer, son, father, and brother Lebogang Quiteria Kekana after a brief struggle with cancer with deep regret and grief.


Quiteria is survived by his kid, his adoring parents, siblings, extended relatives, and his dog. As they handle the news, the family respectfully wants privacy. We respectfully request that you remember us in your prayers.

In 2014, Kekana and his partner George Malelu broke into the fashion industry by outfitting celebrities such as musician Boity Thulo, actress-turned-businesswoman Dineo Langa, and actress Zinhle Mabena, and radio broadcaster Thando Thabethe in their handmade luxury outfits.

When George was chosen to design a garment for megastar Beyoncé Knowles for her farewell performance at the Global Citizen event in 2018, the team reached the big time with their company Quiteria.


Following the couple’s breakup in 2019, Kekana launched his own label, Quiteria Atelier, and continues to collaborate with celebrities on their red carpet outfits.

In 2021, Kekana was diagnosed with cancer and took a break from his creative job to focus on his recovery. He revealed his sickness had an impact on his company in an interview with True Love magazine at the time.

“I had to undergo 28 tests as well as begin chemotherapy.” He stated, “I’ve lost business, and my employees and their families rely on me to assist them out.”


The designer collaborated with a number of organizations to assist cancer survivors in their recovery:

I collaborated on a campaign called Stronger Than Cancer with the Brut and Blemished Foundation; the initiative aims to increase cancer awareness and will benefit not only myself, but also other people who require financial assistance in their fight against cancer.


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