'My son committed suicide on Table Mountain'

2016-12-08 12:04
Richard Weeks (Supplied)

Richard Weeks (Supplied)

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Cape Town – A Cape Town mother knew her son was going to commit suicide after receiving a goodbye message from him.

“When I received his message saying his final goodbyes, I knew he was going to commit suicide,” a devastated Heidi Weeks, 50, said of her 22-year-old son Richard.

He fell to his death on Table Mountain on Tuesday. He was her only child, Netwerk24 reported.

“That’s how he was. If he said he was going to do something, there was no turning back.”

She said he hadn’t been his usual self when he got home after work on Monday. 

“I asked him what was wrong, but he didn’t answer me. He just ate his supper and went to bed. When he left for work the following day, I still reminded him to take his lunch. However, he said he’d get something to eat at work. Little did I know these would be his last words to me.”  

Weeks received a call around 10:00, saying he had not arrived at work. 

“When I got a message from him, sent to me and his friends, I knew he was going to take his own life.”

In the message he said he knew what he was doing and asked that those left behind to forgive him.

Weeks said she and her son were “inseparable and best friends”.

A single parent, she said Richard missed his father. 

“We’d moved from Krugersdorp to Somerset West because I’d wanted to give him a better life. He was a successful and independent young man and had bought his own car for his 21st birthday.”

Weeks said she was waiting for the results of the post mortem to confirm it was Richard’s body.

“I’m 99% certain that it’s my son. It was his car and the clothes on the body were his.”

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