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Khensani Maseko a 23 year old Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes University student committed suicide Friday the 3rd of August , after allegedly suffering from depression after she was raped by her boyfriend in May.

Tributes have poured in for Maseko on social media with the hashtag #RIPKhensani trended last night, social media users reflected on Maseko’s last few posts  which reflected how she felt before taking her life;


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In Pumla Gqola’s book called Rape ; A South African Nightmare , she explores how rape does not happen in isolated incidents, but exists as a violent system that forces victims to ‘prove’ their lived trauma.

“Most rape research globally suggests that women are more likely to be raped by men they know than to be abducted in public by men they may not know, or men they may not know well.” adds Gqola 


Maseko’s death has come a crucial time during Women’s Month where discussions around GBV, rape culuture and women empowerment are being held.

What an alarming reminder of the constraints women live under in a South African context.


By Thandeka Hlongwa


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