Suicidal worker to get help

2009-11-26 00:00

THE municipal employee who was stopped from his attempt to commit suicide by jumping from the top of the 17-storey Natalia building in the city centre on Tuesday is with his family and will be receiving counselling soon.

The man’s desperate move is believed to have been prompted by frustration over docked pay, but the Msunduzi Municipality has denied being at fault, saying he has “personal problems”.

A senior specialist doctor employed by the KZN Health Department said she identifies with the man’s plight.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, she said she had a similar situation in 2007 when she had gone on leave.

She said she was devastated when she went to the bank on payday and found that her salary had not been deposited.

“I was told by the human resources department that I had not been issued even a salary advice, as there was nothing but zeros next to my name … I was so traumatised.

“Doing something so drastic without giving notice puts the person under a lot of pressure and causes them a lot of stress.”

Although she managed to sort out her problem after two weeks of waiting and struggling, the doctor wept when she recalled how she struggled with the situation.

“I had to borrow money to pay my bills and when I saw yesterday’s article I was so annoyed because I know how it feels. The man must have been in a desperate state. When it happened to me I felt ashamed. I didn’t tell my family, I couldn’t share it with them …,” she said.

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