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Image caption Bongekile Msibi desperately wants another child. A woman in South Africa has told the BBC how she was sterilised without her consent after she gave birth at the age of 17, and only learned about it 11 years later when she tried to have another child. Bongekile Msibi was among 48 women sterilised without consent at state hospitals, the Commission for Gender Equality found. Despite being a statutory body, the commission said its inquiry was hampered by the "disappearance" of patients' files, and its investigators had received a "hostile reception" from hospital staff . The commission said its investigators visited 15 hospitals after civil rights groups brought the cases, some dating back to 2011, to its attention. Full story

27 February