Back to school suicide

2011-01-20 00:00

A TAYLOR’S Halt family are reeling with shock after their 16-year-old boy was found dead with a bullet wound to the head yesterday on the first day of school.

It is believed that the boy stole his father’s firearm and used it to kill himself.

A family member told The Witness that they are still trying to make sense of the tragic death of Silindile Thabethe.

“He had been at a boarding school and had failed twice. Arrangements were made to move him into a local school this year and we were processing the transfer and the next thing is this,” said the family member.

Police said Silindile was going to attend Sukuma High.

His parents had already gone to work when he phoned his father to ask him to return home as there were people trying to steal the family car.

“It appears that the boy had stolen the keys to his father’s safe and the car. When the father returned after the call he found him dead with a bullet wound to the head. The firearm was found next to him,” said Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

She said the car had extensive damage to the driver’s side. It is not clear what might have caused the damage.

An inquest docket has been opened to investigate the circumstances surrounding what is believed to be a suicide.

Sukuma principal Dumisani Hlongwane said he had not heard about the incident.

Education Department spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said they had not received any report regarding the matter.

She said since the matric results came out no suicide reports had been received by the department so far.


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