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Rhodes University Students March and Hold Memorial in Honor of Khensani Maseko

"Khensani did not deserve to die under the circumstances which she did," Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela says.

Tuesday marks the second day of action led by Rhodes University's SRC in remembrance of Khensani Maseko—a 23-year-old student whose recent death by suicide was led by her alleged rape by her then-boyfriend months prior.

Rhodes students marched to the Settlers Monument in Grahamstown to hold a memorial and a series of discussions on rape culture and anti-rape activism.

"The monument is where the university traditionally holds its graduation ceremonies and where Khensani would have rounded off her journey through Rhodes University," Veliswa Mhlope, university spokesperson, says to News24.

Rhodes University Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela addressed a packed hall at the Monument admitting society failed Maseko by raising young men who do not know how to love, respect and treat women. He adds that patriarchy and misogyny were part of society and were not given due attention when witnessed.

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