Fi­nal year stu­dent hangs self

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A GWANDA Polytech­nic Col­lege stu­dent was found hang­ing from a tree out­side his par­ents’ home­stead in Mangwe Dis­trict in a sus­pected case of sui­cide.

Gra­cious Mkandla from Iz­im­nyama area left a sui­cide note be­hind but did not state why he de­cided to end his life.

Chief Wasi con­firmed the in­ci­dent which oc­curred in Ma­pu­l­ula 1 Vil­lage on Satur­day evening.

He said Mkandla’s sib­lings aged nine and 12 years found their brother’s body hang­ing from a tree which is be­hind their home­stead on Sun­day morn­ing.

Mkandla was in his last year at col­lege, but it could not be es­tab­lished im­me­di­ately what he was study­ing.

“There is an in­ci­dent of a man who hanged him­self out­side his par­ents’ home­stead which is within my area. The man was a stu­dent at Gwanda Polytech­nic Col­lege and he had just come home to visit for the week­end.

“A day later he was found hang­ing from a tree which is in a bushy area be­hind the home­stead. The in­ci­dent has left the com­mu­nity shocked. What puzzles us the most is why he chose to leave school to die at home,” he said.

Iz­im­nyama Ward coun­cil­lor, Mrs Sakhile Nde­bele said a sui­cide note was found in Mkandla’s pocket.

“In the note which Mkandla left be­hind, he said peo­ple shouldn’t bother find­ing the cause of his death as he had com­mit­ted sui­cide. He also said his family shouldn’t bother look­ing for an­swers either. He said that he had died the way he did as he saw it fit for him to leave this earth in that man­ner,” said Mrs Nde­bele.

She said Mkandla ar­rived in his home area on Satur­day morn­ing and a vil­lager be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter he found him in a bushy area.

Mrs Nde­bele said the vil­lager es­corted Mkandla to his par­ent’s home­stead and left him there. He said his family last saw him on Satur­day evening when he said he was go­ing to sleep.

“Mkandla is sus­pected to have at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide on Satur­day morn­ing be­cause af­ter dis­em­bark­ing from the bus he left his lug­gage along a path­way and headed for the bushes.

“A vil­lager saw him and asked what he was do­ing but he failed to give a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion. When he reached home he told his par­ents that he was vis­it­ing for the week­end. He was act­ing nor­mal all day and in the evening he re­tired to bed,” she said.

Mrs Nde­bele said on the fol­low­ing morn­ing, Mkandla’s family failed to lo­cate him and they as­sumed that he had left to visit friends.

She said around 9AM his sib­lings re­ported that they had found him hang­ing from a tree.

Mrs Nde­bele said his family sus­pected that he woke up in the mid­dle of the night to end his life.@ DubeMatutu

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