KZN matric 'group suicide' story a hoax

2014-01-08 09:06

Jonathan Erasmus, The Witness

Durban - Police in KwaZulu-Natal have denied reports that five matriculants committed suicide after failing the 2013 Senior National Certificate.

Rumours that five matriculants were found hanged in Gandhi Park in Phoenix, Durban, began circulating just hours after the results were released nationally.

The rumours were circulated on Facebook and BBM on Tuesday, resulting in a massive outpouring of grief.

The message said: “More sad news. Five matriculants found hanging in Gandhi Park in Phoenix a few hours ago after finding out they did not pass matric. Sources say that the bodies all had apology notes in their pockets. Please to all those that did not make it remember you can still rewrite and pass.”

Despite its being false, the message quickly gained traction on social networks, being reposted by civic community organisations as far as the Western Cape.

Messages of condolence included people asking parents to “watch your kids and be there for them”. But a number of people questioned the credibility of the mass suicide news.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the Phoenix police station confirmed it was a rumour.

“There are various versions of the story doing the rounds. According to the station no such incident has been reported,” said Zwane.

  • Andrew Terr - 2014-01-08 09:21

    If there are no mango trees in that park,then it definitely was a hoax.

      Afrika Strauss - 2014-01-08 09:32

      How true this story?

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-01-08 09:50

      They say things happen for a reason and because of this hoax many parents became interested in their kids wereabouts probably saving lives. I was upset when I heard this story yesterday I think that the department of education should send the results to the schools and the kids must come with their parents to collect their results. Suicides do happen at this time but this should help eliminate some of them.

      Brendan Wepener - 2014-01-08 11:12

      If you fail matric at 30% I doubt you will be able to make a noose that works.

  • Ovion Naidoo - 2014-01-08 09:22

    someone posted it first on facebook. get this person and kill dem

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-01-08 09:52

      @ Nhulu. Don't be jealous of the Guptas .Remember that they can only be as bad as our corrupt goverment lets them be.

      Vicky Stephen - 2014-01-08 10:15

      You must be the suspect.

      Obed Gomez - 2014-01-08 10:50

      You wanna go back to India?

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-01-08 09:23

    With the pass rate so low, if teens STILL fail then it means that they weren't bothered to pick up a book and study. How they got so far in their school career who knows.

  • Livhuwani Lybon Tshihatu - 2014-01-08 09:24


  • Sxorch - 2014-01-08 09:26

    How sick/stupid do you have to be to post stupid crap like this.

  • Giggs Molokomme - 2014-01-08 09:53

    There is some1 who didn't even make it 2 matric but he owns R206milion House. So to all matriculans dnt commit suicide u cn stil make it in life

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