‘Suicide cases on the rise’
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.