The 23-year-old Rhodes University student touched so many – in a month that women are meant to be being celebrated – because her suicide comes after she was raped, and had sunk into depression.
“I may not know you, but your death has cut me so deep. No woman, under any circumstances, deserves to be raped. Rest In Power Queen,” wrote one.
Though there is no tribute for the South African lady on Rhodes website, however the lady’s rapist has been named on social media as a Durbanite and fellow Rhodes University student.
“It affected her well being and she couldn’t cope. So she took her own life. But it was in fact her then boyfriend S* from Rhodes who took her life. Justice has not been served.”
Maseko was born in 1995 and was a natural born leader, and a law graduate who served in the SRC at Rhodes University. Many knew her and took to Twitter to express their shock. Last year she was crowned Miss Varsity Shield 2017/18. She was also on the 2018 Rhodes Independent Electoral Board and Chairperson of KNM.
It was gathered that reminders were posted on social media to “check on your strongest friends” and Maseko’s own tweet – which she posted on the day she died – went viral: “When people ask for help.. help them.”
The South African lady also shared a suicide note of sorts. A week ago she was feeling ambitious and wrote “one day I’m going to give a TED Talk that will shake tectonic plates”. But days later, on Friday 3 August 2018, she shared this photo;
It was followed by a photo with her grandmother saying: “Gogo, the bond between us is so deep. Heard your voice just now and I know your spirit knows what mine feels”
And then her final message, which included her date of birth… and date of death. She captioned the post in upper case alphabets: “No one deserves to be raped!!”