As the country marks National Womens day, the Maseko family prepares to bury their daughter, Khensani Maseko, Rhodes University law student.
Khensani Maseko committed suicide over the weekend after accusing her boyfriend of raping her in May this year.
Student leaders at Rhodes University in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape have described the late law student Khensani Maseko as gallant activist who frowned upon the abuse of women.
Rhodes University in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape says the death of Khensani Maseko highlights the pervasive scourge of gender-based violence in society.
The Economic Freedom Fighters student command is enraged at the death of one of their members who was a student at Rhodes University.
Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor says her department must urgently finalise the policy on gender-based violence to curb incidents of rape at institutions of higher learning.
Parliament says it will give an opportunity to the students of Rhodes University to make submissions on gender violence at their institution.
Rhodes University student leaders are to be invited to attend public hearings on gender violence and the Domestic Violence Act, due to be hosted by Parliament’s Police Committee near the end of August.
South Africans have marked Women’s Day with rallies and ceremonies across the country to celebrate the role women have played in society – but also to note the violence and economic hardship that many woman still experience.