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A GRADE Six pupil at Mckeur­tan Pri­mary School in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide by hang­ing him­self on a tree us­ing his neck tie at an apos­tolic church shrine yes­ter­day.

Msizi Ndlovu from Em­gan­wini sub­urb was found hang­ing from a tree at about 10AM near a stream that di­vides Nketa 8 and Em­gan­wini sub­urb.

His body was al­legedly dis­cov­ered by traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers who were about to mount a road­block near an area com­monly known as Emagetsini.

Msizi was wear­ing his grey school uni­form but his shoes and a satchel with books were placed near the tree.

e boy’s age could not be es­tab­lished im­me­di­ately. Fam­ily mem­bers said they were not yet ready to com­ment on the mat­ter as they are yet to meet as a fam­ily over the in­ci­dent.

News about the in­ci­dent quickly spread, draw­ing scores of peo­ple from both Nketa 8 and Em­gan­wini sub­urbs to the scene with res­i­dents ex­press­ing shock at what they had seen.

The res­i­dents who com­prised par­ents and some school chil­dren pa­tiently waited for the po­lice to ar­rive at the scene.

A Chron­i­cle news crew saw po­lice re­mov­ing the body from the tree at about 1:30PM yes­ter­day.

Some of the res­i­dents were whis­per­ing in dis­be­lief, say­ing the boy was too young to have com­mit­ted sui­cide.

“How can a boy of his age com­mit sui­cide? What problems was he fac­ing to make him re­sort to this un­speak­able act? Did he even com­mit sui­cide or some­one killed and hanged him here to con­ceal the mat­ter?” asked one of the res­i­dents in a hushed tone.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing cir­cum­stances lead­ing to the boy’s death.

She said po­lice were wor­ried with sui­cide cases in­volv­ing chil­dren.

Insp Si­mango urged par­ents to closely mon­i­tor the be­hav­iour of their chil­dren.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions on his death are still in progress but as po­lice we are con­cerned and wor­ried that a young life has been lost. We are call­ing on par­ents and guardians to pay close at­ten­tion to the ac­tiv­i­ties of their chil­dren. Th­ese days chil­dren spend their time us­ing so­cial me­dia among other in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy gad­gets which can have a neg­a­tive im­pact if not mon­i­tored,” she said.

Insp Si­mango said chil­dren al­ways pro­vide point­ers when­ever they are hav­ing problems and par­ents should al­ways be on the look-out for any signs that their chil­dren are trou­bled.

Last month, a Form Two pupil at Townsend High School in Bu­l­awayo com­mit­ted sui­cide at her fam­ily’s home in Sun­ninghill sub­urb af­ter her mother or­dered her to do her home­work. — @nqot­shili

Cu­ri­ous Nketa and Em­gan­wini res­i­dents gather at the place where the Grade Six pupil al­legedly hanged him­self in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

The African Dream house boat en­route to Botswana from Harare

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