2016 Year in Review

Student activist Simamukele Dlakavu tells her rape story

Student protests against rape culture in South African universities have elevated the discussions and policy developments on sexual violence against women and gender equality and transformation on SA campuses.

EWN reporter, Masego Rahlaga, was one of the reporters who investigated rape stories in three universities across the country.

Among others, she spoke to student activist and rape survivor Simamukele Dlakavu, who was raped by a fellow student.

She kept quite about happened to her for seven years because she feared being judged.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

Dlakavu says there is a lot of shame that comes with rape, but she finally decided to come out to help other women to speak out and seek justice.

Two other big stories of the year investigated by Masego Rahlaga involve the Gauteng Department of Health.

The Department is currently investigating the death of 36 psychiatric patients who died after being transferred from Life Healthcare Esidimeni facilities.

Patients were being transferred after the Department terminated its contract with Life Healthcare Esidimeni.

We met some of the family members who just want Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to step down. They feel like their loved ones were disregarded because of their mental situations and the fact that they don't have money.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

Two Soweto mothers were also unhappy with the service from the department, and laid charges after giving birth to children with cerebral palsy due to alleged negligence by nurses at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The Health Department has had to, for several years, take funds that were meant for improving services for the poor, and put it into fighting legal battle because of negligence by its workers.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

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Gender Commission: School textbook promoting rape culture a setback for equality

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If you call women 'side chick, bitch and hoe', you're reinforcing rape culture

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Students dissatisfied with university responses to rape across SA's campuses

Students dissatisfied with university responses to rape across SA's campuses

An investigation by EWN has revealed dissatisfaction regarding universities' policies and actions on rape across SA's campuses.

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Rhodes VC demands release of arrested students to avoid escalating tensions

Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela asks that Rhodes University students, who were arrested during an anti-rape protest, be released.

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Rhodes VC calls for collaboration to rid society of sexual violence and rape

Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela says that the entire Rhodes University community must work together to rid the institution and society of sexual violence and rape.

Outcry leads to name and shame list of alleged rapists on Rhodes campus

Outcry leads to name and shame list of alleged rapists on Rhodes campus

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Mental health patients 'won't be stranded' - Qedani Mahlangu

Mental health patients 'won't be stranded' - Qedani Mahlangu

The Gauteng Department of Health has extended its contract with Life Esidimeni until June after concerned families marched to its offices.

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I can't close a facility government doesn't own - Mahlangu

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