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JOHANNESBURG - Khensani Maseko's mother on Thursday described her late child as a rising star who exceeded expectations.

Maseko's funeral was being held in Nasrec, Johannesburg on Thursday. Relative Sandiso Maseko read a moving tribute from Khensani's mother.

''When I took you for your Grade 1 assessment test, your score far exceeded the set benchmark...when I watched you run a 100 meter sprint or relay, you dashed like a star. When you went for your matric dance, you wanted a sparkling dress, in your own words, you said you wanted to sparkle like a chandelier. When you proceeded to university you continued to shine like a star... entrenched in constructive and meaningful student activities.''

She said her daughter was a role model to people around her, and her death left her sad and confused.

''You were a model child, an inspiration to me and family. Friends, neighbours...all looked up to you. So today I want to thank God for the 23 years he gave us to share. During that time, we shared profound moments and I will hold those dearly for as long as I live, I don't know how I am going to carry on without you, but, I trust God we will make it through this tough confusing time of my life.''

The 23-year-old Rhodes University student took her own life a week ago at her Johannesburg home. The former member of the Rhodes student representative council (SRC) battled with depression after she was raped, allegedly by a boyfriend who is also a Rhodes student. The rape incident reportedly took place in May.

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African News Agency (ANA)