A South African student who was raped in May this year has died by committing suicide, local media reports.
Khensani Maseko from the Rhodes University committed suicide at her family’s home in Johannesburg on Friday afternoon.
The third year BA student was a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Tributes have been pouring in following Khensani’s death as South Africans observe Women’s Month.
A leader of the Rhodes SRC, Nhlakanipho Mahlangu said “We know the amount of promise she had to offer us all, I mean to offer the entire country.
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.”
The university’s communication and advancement division has also confirmed the death of the young lady.
This is Khensani Maseko, a 1995 born Served in the SRC at Rhodes University, a law graduate, she was raped, she suffered from depression thereafter she committed suicide. Rest in power fighter💔 #RIPKhensani pic.twitter.com/mFNgIHKtUO
— Motheo Mooki (@MookiMotheo) August 5, 2018
— Plaudits SA (@Plaudits_SA) August 5, 2018
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
Just last week one of South Africa’s top cardiologists, Bongani Mayosi also committed suicide.
His family said the 51-year-old dean of health sciences at the University of Cape Town died from depression.
Mayosi is known globally for the discovering of the genetic mutation that causes heart failure.