‘Sui­cide cases on the rise’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Royal Swazi­land Po­lice Ser­vice (RSPS) has noted an up­ward trail in peo­ple that take their lives after record­ing 84 cases of sui­cide since the be­gin­ning of the year, against 63 in the same pe­riod last year.

The ser­vice has fur­ther recorded 147 cases of sud­den deaths since Jan­uary.

Th­ese wor­ry­ing statis­tics were re­vealed by Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Isaac Magagula who ob­served that 70 per cent of the sud­den death vic­tims are elderly peo­ple that are left to re­side alone with­out any­one look­ing after them.

He said that is why when they ex­pe­ri­ence health chal­lenges; no one be­comes aware in or­der to as­sist them hence they suc­cumb to death.

“We have had cases where the elderly sim­ply go miss­ing with­out their where­abouts be­ing known, only to be found at a later stage al­ready dead and the po­lice, are per the scope of their du­ties, get in­volved in the con­veyance of their dead bod­ies to the mor­tu­ar­ies.

“The po­lice are inevitably the first re­spon­ders in such cases to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions aimed at au­then­ti­cat­ing the cause of death and fur­ther con­vey­ing the de­ceased to the ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties,” he re­marked.

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