Suicides put family in financial difficulty

2015-12-24 06:00

A KwaNzimakwe family is struggling financially after two of its members committed suicide.

Thando Zakuza said the family can’t bury her brother who took his life last week because they are still paying off money they borrowed to bury another brother who hanged himself.

Some burial plans state that if the deceased committed suicide it does not pay.

Zakuza said her 23-year-old brother committed suicide because of an argument with his girlfriend and his body has been in the mortuary for over a week.

“It saddens us to see two of our family members taking their lives in less than two months. My first brother killed himself in November and now the second one has done the same - leaving the family in major debt.”

The family has tried seeking help from the municipality but have not received any response.

Zakuza said the family’s biggest worry is that they don’t know where the money to pay for keeping the body at the mortuary for so long will come from.

Hibiscus Coast municipality spokesperson Simon April said the municipality does not have burial assistance.

“Unfortunately, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and other local municipalities under Ugu District don’t have burial assistance. The district mayor’s forum agreed that it’s only the Ugu District Municipality that will budget for pauper burial and each case will be treated on merit,” said April.

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