Suicide pupil had passed matric

2010-01-14 00:00

FEAR about his matric results could not have been the only reason why Thabani Khwela, a former learner at Nomaswazi High School, hanged himself, school principal Pinky Mkhize said yesterday.

Khwela (19) hanged himself in the garage of his home after complaining to his friends that he did not think he had passed the examinations.

He was found hanging from the rafters on Monday morning with his school bag on his back, with a suicide note in his pocket saying he was sorry for what he had done.

Mkhize said Khwela had passed his examination.

She said the fact that his results were not published in newspapers last week did not mean he and others, who like him failed on their first attempt, did not pass.

Khwela failed English and business studies in 2008, and was registered at Nomaswazi to repeat the subjects to qualify for a matric certificate.

“Their results could not be issued immediately as the processes involved in putting together their first attempt results and their current ones makes it difficult to include them when the results are published nationwide,” said the principal.

She believes that there is more to the suicide than failing matric, as Khwela was “a very good and humble child”.

Khwela’s mother died in 2001 and a cousin took care of his school needs.

Last year his aunt took over from the cousin who, in November last year, also died.

Yesterday Khwela’s sister was at the school to fetch her brother’s results.

The principal said she cried uncontrollably when she learnt that he had passed his examinations.

Contacted by The Witness yesterday, Nomonde Khumalo was still sobbing with grief, asking repeatedly: “Why did he do it”.

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