Wife jumps nine floors with kids

2007-12-19 00:00

Johannesburg — A woman from Zimbabwe first wrote several bitter suicide notes on the walls of her flat in Hillbrow yesterday morning. Then she took her month-old baby daughter and four-year-old son and jumped nine floors to the concrete below.

Sindisiwe Dube (20) and her daughter Nokubonga died, but her son Siyabonga miraculously survived and is in a stable condition in Johannesburg Hospital.

Johannesburg Metro Services spokesman, Malcolm Midgeley, said Dube had both her children in her arms when she jumped from her flat window in the Balnagask building on the corner of Banket and De Jager streets.

He said that when the emergency services arrived at the scene at about 4 am, both Dube and Nokubonga were dead.

Khulekani Ndlovu, a security guard who was on duty, said a homeless man called him and told him that "someone had thrown herself out of the building".

"I walked around the side and saw the woman [Dube] lying there. Two babies were with her. The little one was already dead. The woman groaned ‘help me’.

"I picked up the bigger baby, took him to the block of flats and tried to help him until the police and the rescue services arrived," Ndlovu said.

When Beeld newspaper visited her flat, the chair she had used to jump out of the building with her children was still poised in front of the window.

The floor of the flat was littered with broken CDs and shoes.

There was an empty coffee mug on the table.

Scrawled across the walls, in blue ink, were several suicide messages in Ndebele.

The gist, addressed to the father of her children, was that his friends were more important to him than his family, and that he’d cheated on her with other women.

"I wanted to leave the children to you, but you didn’t want them," said one note.

She also wrote two messages on behalf of the children, with the words "bye bye daddy".

"Take the money and buy new clothes," said another message.

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