Gran in agony after loss

2016-09-14 06:00
THE late Goitsimodimo Rhodes (23).  Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE late Goitsimodimo Rhodes (23). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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DOLLY RHODES (60) is still struggling to deal with the traumatic ordeal of losing her grandson, Goitsimodimo (23), who committed suicide last month.

She felt her hands were tied on the day of the incident, as she did not have the R10 that her addicted grandson requested from her before he hanged himself with a hose on Sunday, 14 August.

She said she was very much aware that he wanted the money to go and buy drugs as was his habit.

“It was around 10:00 and I told him that I do not have money.

“He broke the TV remote into two pieces and started going on a rampage, throwing the chairs and stuff outside the house.

“I was relieved when a friend arrived to visit me at that time,” she explained.

According to the soft-spoken grandma, the community was still reeling from shock after another woman was killed by her own son four houses from theirs.

She said she feared that she might have ended up the same way.

“I feared for my life and advised my visitor that we should lock ourselves inside the house after I had cleared up the mess.”

She said that she had been staying in her Phutanang RDP house with her husband, Goitsimodimo and his cousin before the incident took place.

“I had raised him to know that money is earned, especially after he dropped out of school at gr. 5.

“That is why he would do odd jobs in the community.

“He, however, ended up blowing his money on drugs, and stealing money that he came across in the house.”

Rhodes said that she never really saw her grandson smoke anything except glue, but heard that he and his friends had been smoking other stuff as well.

He had not stolen house items to sell like addicts usually do, except spoons and teaspoons, which she assumed, were used to crush the drugs with.

“Things went quiet outside and stayed quiet for about an hour, but I refused to allow my visitor to leave when she insisted.

“We had already called the police when he went on a rampage, but we decided to call them again while inside the house.

“My visitor then decided to make us some tea, and that is when she raised her suspicion that my Goitsemodimo might have hanged himself with the garden-hose in the backyard.”

The two women decided to call another neighbour to come and inspect as they were too afraid to go to the vegetable garden.

She said that she does not wish this kind of ordeal to happen to any mother, especially given the fact that most parents go the extra mile for children who might have lost their way.

“His mother, who was my only child, passed away in 2012 when he was only ten years old.

“I tried my best to guide him but he took the wrong track by becoming addicted to drugs. In spite of this I consoled myself that he would eventually come to his senses.”

Rhodes said that one of the positive things about Gotsimodimo was that, in spite of his addiction, he always slept at home.

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