Man ‘tired of living’ throws himself in front of ambulance

2011-05-31 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD man threw himself in front of an ambulance in the presence of his 14-year-old cousin in Ixopo yesterday morning.

Andile Zulu told onlookers that he was tired of living and he wanted to kill himself.

It is believed that Zulu convinced his 14-year-old cousin to accompany him to the R66, where he killed himself.

Zulu was from Umzimkhulu and was in Ixopo to visit family. It is believed that he was an orphan.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the cousin apparently tried to talk him out of the suicide.

“They waited at the intersection of the R66 and the road to Ixopo town for a while, and he told the cousin that the cars were not moving fast enough at that spot. He moved to cross the road where he attempted to throw himself in front of a vehicle, but people there stopped him.

“He moved back to where his cousin was standing, and the ambulance, which was carrying patients from Umzimkhulu, approached and he threw himself in front of it, and he died on impact,” said Mngomezulu.

Local councillor Sphamandla Shezi said the shocked cousin ran away from the scene. She later returned to give a statement.

“I spoke to the local police to help me arrange counselling for her. She was freely talking about what happened from the time she and the deceased left home until the suicide. But I think this thing is going to come back and haunt her. The fact that she and the deceased were close to each other is going to have an impact on her,” said Shezi.

Health Department spokesperson Desmond Mothe confirmed that the man had jumped in front of the ambulance.

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