Suicide claims ‘clearly false’, rules Inquiry

2014-12-13 00:00

THE Commission of Inquiry said in its report the death of RTI hopeful Sanele Ngcobo (22) was not suicide.

And it rebuked Department of Health officials who it claims had deliberately given “false” ­information “to mislead the commission in its findings” over the inquiry into Ngcobo’s death.

This startling revelation is included in the nearly 600-page report in possession of the Weekend Witness and dispels the hitherto accepted theory that Ngcobo severed his trachea with a beer bottle after being disappointed about not qualifying.

It also corroborates evidence given by his aunt.

Thembi Ngcobo said the man “she raised as a son was of sound mind” and “did not display suicidal tendencies”.

The Commission found the evidence of Nomathemba Lindi Shoba, a KZN Department of Health Emergency Rescue Service supervisor who was first alerted about Ngcobo, “clearly false”.

“The suicide concept was an afterthought and a fabrication. None of her colleagues corroborated her evidence,” said the commission.

According to the report, a Grey’s Hospital doctor said Ngcobo “could not have inflicted the wound himself”. “It is highly probable that Ngcobo was stabbed by an unknown person,” said the report.

The commission also found that Philisiwe Miya, a Transport Department HR officer, “intended to mislead the commission in its findings and was false in every material respect”.

“Evidence given by this witness in so far as what happened to ... Sanele Ngcobo was the only reason that she gave false evidence to the commission. It was intended to cover up the truth of what actually happened to the … deceased,” said the report.

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