'They've been threatened as if they're to blame' – education department on Lathitha Nako's death

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Lathitha Nako reportedly committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied at school.
Lathitha Nako reportedly committed suicide after she was allegedly bullied at school.
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It has almost been a week since Eastern Cape teenager Lathitha Nako died, and her family still does not know what the cause of death is.

It is alleged that the teen was bullied at school and subsequently committed suicide but according to her aunt, Thabile Nako, they still do not know what happened to their sweet child.

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“We are still waiting for the postmortem results. We still do not know what killed her,” she says.

Eastern Cape provincial health department acting communications manager Yonela Dekeda says they do not release such details to the media.

“The department cannot share such information with the media. Once available, the postmortem results will be sent to SAPS and the family,” she says.

The education department’s Mali Mtima says the teachers involved in the matter have been asked to work from home, for their safety.

“You will remember that there was a case in front of the school’s disciplinary committee and there were teachers handling the matter. Now those teachers have been threatened as if they are somehow to blame. So, they have been removed from the school for their safety so we can better manage the situation,” he says.

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Some dignitaries, including Zizi Kodwa, were at the Nako family home on Tuesday.

“They were here for a prayer,” Thabile says.

Lathitha (16) was allegedly bullied at Bhisho High School where she was in grade 10 and there are reports that she had an ancestral calling and other kids allegedly accused her of witchcraft.

She was rushed to Bhisho Hospital when she said she could not breathe while at home. She died in hospital. Thabile says they did not see her hurting herself or drinking something that suggested that she wanted to hurt herself.

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