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Student activist Simamukele Dlakavu tells her rape story

6 December 2016 4:53 PM
Women and health issues have been top of the news agenda this year. EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga looks back at key investigations.

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

6 December 2016 4:53 PM

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