Khensani's death a reflection of how bad things are for SA women: Manamela

Sowetan Live

Deputy higher education minister Buti Manamela said on Monday that the tragic events that led to the death of Rhodes student Khensani Maseko was a reflection of how bad things were for South African woman.

Maseko was a Rhodes University student who reported committed suicide at the weekend‚ allegedly after a rape ordeal.

"This terrible tragedy outlines that this is now a crisis‚ a two-fold crisis: on the one hand‚ the persistence of unrelenting incidents of GBV [gender-based violence] on our campuses and on the other‚ a dire need for psycho-social support for survivors of GBV.

“Mental illness should be tackled in the same breath as GBV‚ as one causes the other‚" Buti said.

He was quoted in a statement issued by the Higher Education and Training Health Wellness and Development Centre (HEAIDS).

Manamela observed a minute of silence for the student at the Tshwane North College‚ where an imbizo aimed at addressing sexual and gender-based violence on university campuses was held.

He said the imbizo was meant to get to the root cause of gender-based violence.