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.
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.
What in the WORLD???!!!! My heart is shattered!!! What have women done to be hated, to be disrespected soooo much??!!! May you find peace and love in you new journey gorgeous soul?????? #RIPKhensani pic.twitter.com/9glMxtXS41— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) August 5, 2018
This one cut deep. Lady Justice, Khensani Maseko was too young, too bright, too powerful, too alive. We keep dying. We keep bowing out prematurely because this world just won't let us breathe.— Babes Womzabalazo (@NalediChirwa) August 4, 2018
Rest easy baby... I'm so sorry?? pic.twitter.com/e6nKEh60Ph
All fighters, let us multiply the Fighting Spirit of Khensani Maseko by wearing red berets at all times until the day of burial. Queens don't die, they multiply ???— RUEFFSC (@EFFSCRU) August 4, 2018
1st year 2015 we knew Khensani at Rhodes as the confident girl w/ a MacBook. You exuded so much confidence & as intimidating as it was, we were all drawn to your light. You were passionate & fierce. You were an amazing soul Ma’ Maseko. Rest In Peace Khensani ?? pic.twitter.com/ToevCXHZ8D— The Responsible Rebel (@tebatso_molapo) August 4, 2018
We are supposed to be celebrating women this month but instead we are mourning one of our own . Deeply saddened by the passing of Khensani Maseko I pray the Lord comforts her family through this terribly difficult heartbreaking time . May your soul RIP baby girl ??— Global Citizen (@ThatGiirlRumbie) August 4, 2018
I hope you find peace and rest well mbokodo. Rest in power fighter Khensani Maseko ??????? pic.twitter.com/FXXv95Iu9M— #TheTotalShutdown (@SiyaNyulu) August 4, 2018
You don't need to know Khensani Maseko personally to be impacted by her passing...her passing is so disturbing??— Kgošigadi Tsholo (@Tsholo_Ramdee) August 5, 2018
Hiyoh Khensani Maseko Story is so heart breaking. Never knew her personally but my heart is torn up!— P I N E A P P L E (@princess_lindor) August 4, 2018
May her beautiful soul RIP????
Khensani Maseko’s Death.— BAATSEBA (@Tsebo_SA) August 4, 2018
-Her Last Post on Instagram
I am not Okay. pic.twitter.com/UljOhn44Fg
I can’t believe Khensani Maseko is gone. She was way too young. I would never wish what happened to her on anyone— cat lady (@NalediMashishi) August 4, 2018
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