Matric suicide did not know results

2010-01-13 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG matric student couldn’t wait for his matric results after complaining to his friends that he hadn’t done well.

Thabani Khwela (19) wrote his matric at Nomaswazi High School, a finishing school in town. The results were not published in newspapers last week.

On Monday morning, the day he was supposed to go to collect his results at the school, he hanged himself.

His sister Nomonde Khumalo said the family are shocked at the suicide.

“We heard from his friends that he had been complaining that he did not think he had passed.

“Maybe he was ashamed of failing because it is a family relative who sent him to school as our mother had passed away some time ago.

“The fees at his school are expensive so maybe he could not face his aunt who is the one responsible for his schooling,” said Khumalo.

On the day of his suicide Khwela emptied his school bag and carried it on his back. He went inside the garage of his home and was later found hanging from the rafters, his school bag still on his back.

A suicide note was found in one of his pockets saying that he was sorry for what he had done.

“Couldn’t he wait until he got the results? What he did was so selfish. He should have trusted God if he was scared of the results. He was lucky to have someone taking care of his school needs because there are children who wish to go to school but have no one to take care of the school needs,” said Khumalo, sobbing.

Last week a Soweto matric hanged herself after discovering that she had failed matric.

She left no suicide note, but a newspaper was found in the room she hanged herself in and a message was found on her cellphone informing her that she had not passed her matric.

Ironically, she had only failed two subjects, and could have rewritten them to try to gain a matric pass.

Speaking yesterday, KZN Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said parents need to play a central role in preparing their children for the matric results.

“They should tell their children that the results might come out positive or negative.

“Children need to be assured that even if they fail, that’s not the end of the world. There is still a second chance and no one must be critical when children get bad results,” Mchunu said.

He said during results time parents should be on the look-out for abnormal behaviour in their children so that the necessary steps can be taken before children make irresponsible and tragic decisions.

Attempts to contact the school principal to find out about Khwela’s results were unsuccessful.


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