'My son committed suicide on Table Mountain'

2016-12-08 12:04
Richard Weeks (Supplied)

Richard Weeks (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – A Cape Town mother knew her son was going to commit suicide after receiving a goodbye message from him.

“When I received his message saying his final goodbyes, I knew he was going to commit suicide,” a devastated Heidi Weeks, 50, said of her 22-year-old son Richard.

He fell to his death on Table Mountain on Tuesday. He was her only child, Netwerk24 reported.

“That’s how he was. If he said he was going to do something, there was no turning back.”

She said he hadn’t been his usual self when he got home after work on Monday. 

“I asked him what was wrong, but he didn’t answer me. He just ate his supper and went to bed. When he left for work the following day, I still reminded him to take his lunch. However, he said he’d get something to eat at work. Little did I know these would be his last words to me.”  

Weeks received a call around 10:00, saying he had not arrived at work. 

“When I got a message from him, sent to me and his friends, I knew he was going to take his own life.”

In the message he said he knew what he was doing and asked that those left behind to forgive him.

Weeks said she and her son were “inseparable and best friends”.

A single parent, she said Richard missed his father. 

“We’d moved from Krugersdorp to Somerset West because I’d wanted to give him a better life. He was a successful and independent young man and had bought his own car for his 21st birthday.”

Weeks said she was waiting for the results of the post mortem to confirm it was Richard’s body.

“I’m 99% certain that it’s my son. It was his car and the clothes on the body were his.”

Read more on:    table mountain  |  cape town

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.