Teen teased for failing, hangs herself

2013-01-18 08:31
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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal mother arrived at home from work to find her daughter hanging from an ANC robe tied to a tree in their yard.

Gugulethu Gumede apparently killed herself on Monday, just days before the start of the new school year, because friends had been teasing her after she failed Grade 11. She was due to repeat the grade this year, the Daily News reported.

The teen’s mother, Ntombifuthi Khumalo, told how she saw a shadow in the yard at their home in KwaDabeka, near Pinetown, and at first thought it was a black dustbin bag.

But when she came closer, she realised it was the body of her daughter.

There was a pot of boiling water on the stove and scattered beans on a chopping board, suggesting to her that her daughter was preparing supper.

There was no note.

“She was unhappy about not passing at school last year, even more so because her brother, Mzomuhle, was in the same class but he passed,” her mother said.

She wanted to drop out of school and her mother said rumours that she was to marry an older man from the community were completely untrue.

A police spokesperson said an inquest docket had been opened.

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