She ran a bou­tique but had run out of money to re­stock. Nketa man com­mits sui­cide

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube and Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

A MAN from Nketa sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo com­mit­ted sui­cide on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Tumelo Mpofu (21) hanged him­self from the roof of his bed­room around 8AM, leav­ing no sui­cide note.

Bu­l­awayo Po­lice Spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

“I con­firm that we re­ceived a sud­den death report which hap­pened at Nketa 9 and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still in progress,” Insp Si­mango said.

The area’s coun­cil­lor Mzama Dube said he was shocked when he re­ceived news of the tragedy.

“It is sad to lose a young mem­ber of so­ci­ety. This is the sec­ond sui­cide that has hap­pened in this area. Last year a 21-year- old woman killed her­self. Peo­ple should seek coun­selling when they have prob­lems so that they don’t go to such ex­tremes,” said Cllr Dube.

He said he ar­rived at the scene be­fore the po­lice had col­lected the body.

“The boy was hang­ing from the roof, fully dressed as if he was plan­ning to go some­where. Be­low him, was a cof­fee ta­ble and a bucket ly­ing on the ground. It was as if the bucket was on the cof­fee ta­ble be­fore he kicked it away,” said Cllr Dube.

A close fam­ily mem­ber said Mpofu’s death might have been a re­sult of stress.

“The young man was HIV pos­i­tive and when his girl­friend found out, they had an ar­gu­ment. I sup­pose that is one of the rea­sons he hanged him­self,” said the fam­ily source.

Mpofu’s mother re­fused to com­ment.

“Those who are sup­posed to be in­formed al­ready know what tran­spired. Go write what­ever in­for­ma­tion you have been told by your other sources and write their names and sig­na­tures too. No one here will tell you what hap­pened,” she said.

Mpofu earned a liv­ing by wash­ing cars.

The Nketa 9 house where Tumelo Mpofu hanged him­self

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