Shock, anger and condolences in wake of Rhodes student Khensani Maseko's death

2018-08-06 11:49

Shock, sorrow, anger and outrage followed soon after the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Rhodes University student Khensani Maseko, 23, came to light and her story was pieced together.

According to EWN, the university's communication and advancement division said Maseko died on Friday afternoon at her family home in Johannesburg.

In a post on her Instagram account on Friday, Maseko posted her date of birth, "24.07.1995", along with that day's date, and the words "NO ONE DESERVES TO BE RAPED!!"

It is suspected that she took her own life.

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A post shared by Khensani Maseko (@_khensani_) on


A post shared by Khensani Maseko (@_khensani_) on

Maseko, a third-year BA student, was also a member of the university's SRC, which issued a statement saying it was shaken and saddened by news of Maseko's passing.

"We know the amount of promise she had to offer us all, I mean to offer the entire country," Rhodes SRC's Nhlakanipho Mahlangu said. "We're very shaken, it's a very difficult time for us as the SRC and we wish her family all the strength and support that we can."

Once Maseko's situation and the circumstances leading up to it came to light, it triggered a torrent of social media posts.

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