23-year-old student commits suicide after rape

Posts tragic message on Instagram before killing herself

A 23-year-old South African student took her own life after she was allegedly raped, sparking public outrage across the country over sexual violence epidemic against women, which continues to rise in South Africa.

The 23-year-old student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown committed suicide on August 3, posting a cryptic message on social media before her death.

“No one deserves to be raped”, she wrote and posted on Instagram with a picture showing what is believed to be her date of birth and that day’s date.

Maseko’s account has since been removed from Instagram following her death.

On 30 July, the student reported her rape which allegedly took place in May.

Ms Maseko’s parents were made aware of the allegations, and university staff agreed the student should be taken home while authorities carried out investigations.

She committed suicide just three days before she was due to return back to university and meet those investigating into her case.

University staff are now working with South Africa’s police and the National Prosecuting Authority to launch an inquest into Ms Maseko’s death.

The man accused of the rape has now been suspended from the university, but his identity remains unknown.

“The tragic passing of Khensani will not mark an end of the investigation into the circumstances leading up to her passing,” Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sizwe Mabizela said.

“The university’s flag will be flown at half-staff to honour Maseko,” Mabizela added.

She was laid to rest today, in Johannesburg.

CNN, UK Express

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